emergency medicine

Durbin Leads Discussion On Combatting Opioid Epidemic

Aug 12, 2016
Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The sweeping prevalence of opioid addiction is outpacing the amount of treatment options and funding available. That was the theme of a panel discussion led by US Sen. Dick Durbin at Heartland Community Clinic Fri.

Durbin was joined by local health professionals, advocates and emergency responders in a conversation aiming to push funding for legislation to address the issue.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Illinois officials are warning of a spike in the number of patients going to emergency rooms after using dangerous synthetic drugs.

 The Illinois Poison Center on Tuesday said it has received almost 20 calls from emergency departments about the drugs in the past week. According to the center, that's an increase of 600 percent compared with the typical week.

Synthetic cannabinoids are sometimes sold under names such as "K2" and "spice."