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20,000 ER Visits and Climbing

Posted: April 30th, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »


energydrinks__blurred_small (2)In January of this year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released an updated report on energy drinks based on Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) data.  According to the report, energy drink related visits to the ER has increased dramatically as the sales of the products increased.  Energy drinks are flavored, sweet drinks that contain added amounts of caffeine and other additives such as guarana (a source of additional caffeine), taurine and ginseng.  They are marketed as providing benefits such as increased stamina, and enhanced physical and mental alertness and performance.

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Got Drugs?

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

takebackpictureOn Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for the sixth time in the past 30 months.  Americans will have an opportunity to empty their medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs and take them to collection sites manned by local police officers and sheriff’s deputies located throughout the United States.

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To The Maximus

Posted: April 9th, 2013 | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Max-DobnerAt a time when many citizens were confused about what synthetic drugs were, the Illinois Poison Center was often their first call for help.

Unfortunately, as the President of the To the Maximus Foundation (TTM), I know the side effects of synthetic drugs all too well.  The foundation was founded after the death of my son, Max Dobner, during his first time use of synthetic marijuana (Spice).  TTM educates and informs about synthetic drugs and advocates for effective legislation.

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National Volunteer Week

Posted: April 2nd, 2013 | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (2002-2004, Republic of Kiribati/K-29) and a mom, I’m a strong believer and supporter of “it takes a village” especially when it comes to creating safer home, play and work environments. Read more »