Illicit Drug Use in Illinois: Drug Courts as an Alternative to Conviction Nationwide, the Illinois Department of Corrections has one of the highest inmate populations in the United States. The Illinois’ prison population, designed for a maximum capacity of 32,000 inmates, is now at an all-time high of close to 50,000.1 Is there a possibility that some counties are stricter than others when it comes to drug-related arrests and conviction? In areas where an arrest results in conviction and time in jail, this only adds to the already overcrowded prison situation. One viable alternative, to help keep the prison population [...]
Stressful situations come and go throughout our lives and it affects each of us differently. Some of us are resilient to higher levels of stress while for others it is more of a challenge. Our innate “fight or flight” response to stress helps protect us from perceived danger whether it be facing our problems head on or avoiding them completely. At times stress can mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually subdue even the most optimistic person. For those transitioning from addiction treatment to a life in early recovery, adapting to life’s stressors can prove to be very challenging. Whether it’s finding [...]
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FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) - It could be a huge breakthrough in fighting the war against heroin addiction.A small device that fits behind the ear is helping addicts get clean and sober. A Versailles-based Innovative Health Solutions created the small device. Sev
“Julia” marked her 9th consecutive month abstaining from heroin. She attributes her success to the medication Vivitrol
Binghamton has a new program, a first for New York State, for new mothers fighting addiction which is funded by the Binghamton Office of Children and Family Services. In the local YMCA, an open house was held recently to introduce this program called the Bridge Program. This program will offer new mothers in recovery a supportive environment where they can take care of their newborns who are addicted to opiates. According to Carole Coppens the YMCA Executive Director, this is an exciting development because it will impact many lives. YMCA is already housing the homeless and will be adding 8 [...]
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As local law enforcement agencies crack down on prescription drug abuse, addicts have fewer options to get their goods, but it doesn't mean the fight is over.
A year ago, NPR's Kelly McEvers went to rural Indiana and talked with drug addicts at the center of an opioid and HIV epidemic. She returned and found Joy, a nurse who lost everything.