Sharp Increase In Opioid Overdose Deaths Is A Symptom Of The COVID-19 Pandemic, Doctors SayFor health experts a worst fear has come true -- alarming numbers out of Cook County show a sharp spike in overdose deaths from opioids. Those on the front lines of the crisis call it yet another indirect symptom of coronavirus and the effects of quarantine.
Pharmacies: Prescribers Bear Responsibility In Opioid CrisisThe judge has scheduled an October trial for claims against CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, HBC and Discount Drug Mart.
More People Died From Fentanyl Overdoses Than Homicides In Cook County In 2019More people died from fentanyl overdoses in Cook County last year than from homicide.
Cook County Jail Program Helping Prevent Opioid Overdose Deaths By Providing Released Inmates With NaloxoneAn ongoing Cook County Jail program has saved more than 100 lives, by providing inmates with Naloxone kits, to prevent opioid overdose deaths after those detainees are released.
A Drug That Reverses Opioid Overdoses Has Become Easier To AccessDespite its life-saving abilities, naloxone’s accessibility remains scarce. But it is being distributed in an unlikely place – Cook County Jail.
Indiana Health Agency Offers Drug Disposal Bags At FairThe agency is proving information about opioid prevention, treatment and recovery and is distributing free at-home kits for the safe disposal of unused medications.
Nearly 2 Billion Opioid Pills Flowed Into Illinois, Data ShowsClose to 2 billion prescription painkillers were distributed to Illinois between 2006 and 2012, according to new data first released by The Washington Post.
Indiana Awarded $1.2 Million To Fight Opioid Epidemic In Rural AreasIndiana is getting some big financial help to fight the opioid epidemic in rural areas.
Opioid Abuse Targeted On Prescription Drug Turn-In Day This WeekendAs the U.S. continues battling the opioid crisis, public agencies all over America on Saturday will give people a chance to rid their homes of unneeded drugs that sit in their medicine cabinets.
Aurora Man, 31, Sentenced To 19 Years In Drug Trafficking CaseAn Aurora man connected to another man caught driving with cocaine and heroin concealed inside a semi-truck tire was sentenced to 19 years in prison.
Stepmother Goes After Drug Dealers Who Sold Ecstasy That Killed Her Teenage DaughterIllinois’ 1989 drug-induced homicide law is rarely enforced in Chicago, but prosecutors in McHenry County use it often to prosecute drug dealers.
Illinois Opioid Helpline Has Received 10,000 CallsAn Illinois hotline that supports people addicted to opioids and other substances has received 10,000 calls since it was set up in late 2017.
Opioid Crisis Puts County Coroner Over BudgetHis office has performed a record number of autopsies this year. Some days he's had so many bodies he had to send some to DuPage County for storage.
CBS 2 Investigation Update: Doctor Who Allegedly Overprescribed Opioids Has License SuspendedDr. Syed Akhter was charged with inappropriately prescribing large quantities of highly addictive and abused controlled substances.
National Prescription Drug Take Back DayThe DEA is working with wellness clinics across the country to collect unused prescription opioids.