Recent News on Drugs, Alcohol, Mental Health, Gambling and Behavioral Health Issues

Lake County cops offer drug addicts treatment instead of jail time

Focusing on treatment instead of criminal punishment, Lake County police departments and health agencies are teaming to help drug addicts and alcoholics get and stay sober in a new program titled “A Way Out” that may be unprecedented in its size and reach.

Mental health training teaches police new response strategies

Most officers, Rose said, aren’t trained to recognize the signs and triggers of mental illnesses, a skill that can defuse situations with the potential to turn violent — or even deadly. “Our goal is to train all law enforcement in Lake County to be part of our Crisis Intervention Team,” said Ray Rose, Undersheriff.

Why suburbs could use more police social workers

Suburban police officers dealing with an increase in mental health and substance abuse calls are not equipped to handle such crises, experts say. That’s why social workers at police departments are essential to helping bridge the gap between law enforcement and the myriad human problems they encounter.

How Heroin is Hitting the Foster Care System

Parents with substance use disorders are a major cause for the increase of children in foster care services, according to a new article by Pew Charitable Trusts. The number of children living in foster care began to increase in 2013, after years of decline. More.

Donation replenishes Lake County’s supply of OD reversal drug

First responders will receive renewed supplies of an opiate antidote used to save 33 lives in Lake County since late last year.

State Senate seals override of Rauner’s veto on heroin antidotes

Lawmakers finished overruling Gov. Bruce Rauner’s rewrite of sweeping anti-heroin legislation Wednesday, creating a new law that seeks to make overdose antidotes more readily available and focus on treatment of addicts.

Study: While heroin use spikes, treatment options drop in Illinois

Drug addiction treatment options in Illinois are getting fewer as heroin use continues to increase, particularly in the suburbs, a Roosevelt University study has found.

Despite progress, heroin fight in suburbs far from over

Hope and disappointment. They’re the two most common sentiments shared by leaders of suburban anti-heroin efforts.

Parents talk teen safety in Lincolnshire

Parents concerned about their teens’ safety packed the boardroom at Lincolnshire’s village hall Thursday night for a frank discussion about drinking, drugs and the risks associated with the Internet. More.

Deerfield police save overdose victim with anti-opiate

Deerfield police have become the first department in Lake County to successfully use an anti-opiate drug to save the life of a heroin overdose victim.

That the doses of naloxone were used on Christmas made the lifesaving scenario even more poignant, officials said. More.

How suburban politicians fight heroin with forums, funding

Politicians have plenty to do in the fight against heroin.

They’re looking to legislate against over-prescription of pain pills, trying to regulate the supply of medications so they don’t end up on the black market, working to increase access to treatment for those who fall under heroin’s spell. More.

Lake County veterans find help for drug, alcohol abuse

The physical injuries from war can be obvious: a missing arm or paralyzed legs. But the invisible injuries, including drug and alcohol abuse, are just as real and can be difficult to treat. More.

Nothing beats running under a Full Moon

Dollar stores in the area have no problem putting a monetary value on glow sticks.

But last Friday night, during the Full Moon Run 3.1-mile event in Zion, the value of the hundreds of glow sticks in use was priceless. More.

Two major donations equip police with anti-overdose drug

Officers at 32 police departments throughout Lake County are now carrying a nasal spray that reverses the effects of an overdose caused by opiates like heroin and painkillers. More.

Lake County to receive new device for heroin overdose fight

Some Lake County police officers may get to use a new device as part of the fight against heroin overdoses.

Police in at least 28 Lake County departments have been trained to use the heroin overdose reversal drug naloxone, officials said. Lake County is mimicking DuPage County, where about 1,700 police officers were trained to use naloxone early this year.  More

Celebration marks opening of Round Lake High School student health and wellness center

Local leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate the opening of Lake County’s first student health and wellness center at Round Lake High School, which offers services including asthma help, physicals and contraception. More.

Student health and wellness center opens at Round Lake High School

Lake County’s first student health and wellness center officially opened Tuesday at Round Lake High School with services including asthma help, physicals and contraception. More.

Gambling Addicts’ Brains Don’t Have The Same Opiod Systems As Others

All forms of addiction are due to biological alterations in the brain. These brain irregularities have often been seen in cocaine and heroin abusers, as well as alcoholics. Now, a new study suggests that the opioid systems in the brains of pathological gamblers may be different, affecting their control, motivation, emotion, and responses to pain and stress. More.