opioid epidemic

Centerstone Unveils New Marion Facility

Aug 9, 2019
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Centerstone unveiled their new medication assisted treatment facility in Marion today. Congressmen Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro) and John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) and State Representative Dave Severin (R-Benton) were on hand to tour the center.

The MAT facility will be the first of its kind in southern Illinois. It will offer access to three FDA-approved medications used for treating opioid addiction, as well as counseling, case management, peer support, and medical services.

Can Cannabis Help Patients Avoid Opioids?

May 1, 2019
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WSIU and Illinois Newsroom reported this story as part of a weeklong series from public radio stations around the state focusing on the potential impact of marijuana legalization.

Since February, patients in Illinois have been able to swap their opioid prescriptions for marijuana. And many are doing just that.

They’re part of a program designed to let patients who might not qualify for the state’s regular medical marijuana program exchange an opioid prescription, like Oxycontin, for weed.

Upcoming Workshop on Opioid Crisis

Jan 14, 2019
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The Southern Illinois Opioid Steering Committee will be holding a workshop on the response to the opioid crisis on Janaury 22nd at John A. Logan College.

The theme of the event is A Call for Community Health Response and will focus on the state's southern 33 counties. Those wishing to attend should register by January 17th by emailing jcutrell@siumed.edu.

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Hardin County has become a target county for a federal grant responding to opioid use disorder according to the Family Counseling Center.

Data Show Opioid Prescriptions Declining In IL

Sep 11, 2018
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There is some good news in the fight against opioid abuse in Illinois. Doctors prescribed fewer opioids to patients in 2017 than 2016, according to numbers from the statewide prescription monitoring program. The database can’t track illegal narcotic use, but the drop in prescriptions is still widely seen as a good sign as the majority of heroin users say their first experience with opioids came from a prescription drug.

Battling Drug Addiction: What Comes After Detox?

Sep 10, 2018
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Like many states, Illinois is battling an opioid epidemic. Loran Owens, who lives in Franklin county in Southern Illinois, knows what the epidemic is like first-hand.

 

 

"My brother, [when] I was in jail, my brother got arrested and he was in there about four months," Owens said. "And he shot up heroin, more or less. It was OxyContin and stuff ... and while he was in there, he was trying to get help. He was wanting to go to rehab when he left there."