The epidemic of opioid overdose deaths has been geographically lopsided. West Virginia has the highest rate, followed by New Hampshire, Ohio and Kentucky.
Illinois’ rate is one-third of West Virginia’s, but that’s only modest comfort. Last year, 1,889 people died from opioid overdoses in Illinois.
But people keep using heroin and prescription opioids despite the dangers. “I crashed three vehicles in one week,” one fentanyl user told
the Tribune’s John Keilman. “I went to jail. But I liked it. I loved it — the rush, the euphoria, everything that came along with it.” Because
fentanyl is much more potent than heroin, it carries a higher risk of accidental death.
This is a national problem that has to be addressed one user at a time, at every level of government. Fortunately, it’s not being overlooked in Illinois. In recent days, a report put together by a group of state agencies mapped out a comprehensive strategy to eliminate one-third of opioid overdose deaths by 2020. And Gov. Bruce Rauner appointed a task force to look for ways to implement the strategy.
The action plan sets out ideas that it separates into three categories: prevention, treatment and recovery, and response. To prevent deaths, it recommends
getting more doctors and pharmacies to use the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program, which can let them know when patients are trying to get multiple
prescriptions. More education and training of providers about the hazards of overuse would save lives.
But while many police officers have access to naloxone, the report notes, not all carry it or know how to use it. Making it easier to get this lifesaving
remedy into the hands of ordinary people and community organizations would provide another line of defense.
There is no silver bullet here. Prescription opioids are an essential, legitimate tool in physician treatment of severe pain, which means some will always
remain available for illegal trafficking. Synthetic forms can be produced in illegal labs. Some people will always be prone to drug abuse.
But expanding education, treatment and overdose remedies would prevent many Illinoisans from becoming addicted — and keep others from dying from
using opioids. More ambitious efforts will take time, attention and money. But then, the human damage and death caused by the opioid epidemic are exacting
an even higher price.
Chicago Tribune, Editorial Board
Haymarket Center Releases 3rd Video in Series
July 28, 2017 Check Presentation
From left to right are:
Don Musil - Haymarket Center, Aesha Muhammad - Haymarket Center, Kelly Menighan with the Art & Science Salon, Jesse Taylor - Haymarket Center, Roger
Romanelli with the Randolph Fulton Market Association & Doctor Lustig - Haymarket Center.
A special thank you to Kelly Menighan, the Art & Science Salon team and Roger Romanelli with the Randolph Fulton Market Association for their considerable
donation. This donation will continue the mission of Haymarket Center in aiding people with subtance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive
behavioral health solutions.
Click to learn more about the Art & Science Salon
MAYOR EMANUEL ANNOUNCES CITY’S OPIOID ADDICTION TREATMENT EXPANSION
Investments in overdose antidote reversed approximately 1,500 overdoses last year, $700K investment will provide treatment for 1,000 residents of South and West Sides
CHICAGO—Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced progress and investments in the City’s ongoing efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and improve health.
Building on the success of investments in opioid overdose reversal, the City is investing $700,000 in opioid addiction treatment for an additional
1,000 residents this year, through partnerships with south and west side community providers and the Cook County Jail.
“The opioid epidemic is destroying families across the United States and Chicago is no exception,” said Mayor Emanuel. “In Chicago we are combatting
this epidemic head on, finding new ways to invest in communities, save lives and beat addiction.”
The city's recent $250,000 investment in naloxone, a life-saving medication that stops an opioid overdose, contributed to 1,544 lifesaving reversals
in the past year, especially in North Lawndale and greater Englewood. In addition, Chicago Recovery Alliance, which received the funding, has distributed
4,541 naloxone kits using the City’s investment.
“We're investing in treatment that works, especially in medications that help residents regain independence and overcome addiction,” said CDPH Commissioner
Julie Morita, MD. We must eradicate the stigma of seeking effective treatment so thousands of Chicago residents can live longer, healthier lives.”
Seven community organizations focused primarily on Chicago’s south and west sides will receive $700,000 through the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan
Chicago (PHIMC) to expand evidence-based opioid addition treatment. Organizations include PCC Wellness, Access Community Health Network, the Women's
Treatment Center, Sinai Health System, Esperanza Health Center, Haymarket Center and Lawndale Christian Health Center. In addition, the grant will
fund Cook County Jail through the Cook County Health Foundation with Cermak Health Services. For instance, Access Health will serve residents of
West Englewood, Back of the Yards and South Chicago, while PCC Wellness Center will serve South Austin and West Garfield Park. Cermak Health will
work with residents in Cook County Jail and bond court to provide medication-assisted treatment within the jail system. Funding to additional organizations
will expand their capacity to provide medical, clinical and community screening interventions and treatment.
“Our efforts are focused on reaching individuals struggling with substance use disorders in a way that reduces stigma and focuses on life-saving treatment”
said Karen A. Reitan, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago (PHIMC). “It’s about being on the ground supporting
the organizations that know the impacted populations.”
The treatment funding will go toward treatment using evidence-based medications such as buprenorphine and methadone—as well as to support services
that make treatment more effective, for example counseling, navigation of the health system, and transportation to get patients to appointments.
The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), in addition to overseeing the treatment investment, is hosting trainings and has created a learning
collaborative to help health centers learn best practices in providing effective opioid use disorder treatment.
This work follows recommendations made in October 2016 by the Chicago and Cook County Task Force on Heroin, which Mayor Emanuel took a lead role in
convening. Under the Mayor’s leadership, the City has undertaken numerous efforts to fight opioid addiction. In 2014, the City sued five big drug
companies for deceptive marketing of prescription opioids and for misleading experts and patients about the risks of OxyContin and other narcotics,
helping to fuel the opioid epidemic. In 2016, Mayor Emanuel reached a major agreement with Pfizer to ensure strict standards in its marketing and
promotion of opioids. In addition, the Chicago Police Department is conducting a pilot program that diverts low-level drug offenders to treatment
in lieu of an arrest and criminal record. The City is also developing a community education effort privately funded at $350,000 by Pfizer, CVS
Last week, the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced
the launch of a new Regulated Business License for Pharmaceutical Representatives to support the City’s efforts to stop deceptive marketing and
curb addiction to opioids and other prescription drugs. Beginning July 1, any person who markets or promotes pharmaceuticals in Chicago is required
to obtain a license, complete mandatory ethics training, receive continuing education and be subject to potential disclosure of their interactions
with health care professionals, including gifts.
July 18, 2017
Dr. Dan Lustig, President/CEO announced today during the company management meeting, the promotions of Mr. Jeff Collard to the position of Vice President
of Operations; Ms. Kenyatta Cathey to the position of Vice President of Clinical Services and the hiring of Mr. James Baldwin to the position of Chief
Financial Officer. Mr. Don Musil continues in the position of Executive Vice President and assumes additional responsibilities for Risk Management,
Legal and Client Grievances.
Please join us in congratulating the new members of the Executive Team!
Haymarket Center hosted the first annual golf outing at The Dunes in New Buffalo, MI.
Thank you to Mike Keiser who generously donated golf for our 'sold out' crowd.
Thank you as well to Board Chair Lee Daniels & lovely wife Pam for hosting dinner at their home.
Thank you everyone who participated, we hope to see you back next year!
Haymarket Center President / CEO, Dr. Dan Lustig, one of the experts called upon to contribute to the Chicago-Cook Task Force on Heroin. The final report
was issued in Oct 2016.
In light of the growing heroin epidemic nationwide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, and Cook County
Commissioner Richard Boykin launched the Chicago-Cook Task Force on Heroin. The task force has aimed to identify reforms that can be undertaken at
a local level to improve prevention and response to heroin use and addiction. The task force has examined the issue from several angles: (1) education
of community members, (2) education of healthcare professionals, (3) data, (4) treatment, (5) trafficking, and (6) overdose reversal. After months
of research and deliberation, the task force proposes recommendations in each area to enhance heroin policies and programs in Chicago and Cook County.
Click on Final Report to read on…
CHICAGO – Comptroller Susana Mendoza visited The Haymarket Center, the largest non-for-profit outpatient addiction treatment center in Chicago. Haymarket
serves over 18,000 clients per year.
Like many other social service providers in the state, the budget impasse has made day-to-day operations and budgeting exceedingly difficult for Haymarket,
“It’s a shame that so many wonderful organizations around our state such as the Haymarket Center continue to struggle as a result of this unprecedented
and unnecessary budget crisis. We should be doubling down on programs like those offered here, which treat substance abuse and reintegrate people
back into being productive members of our society. It’s not only the morally correct thing to do but also the most fiscally responsible," she said.
President and CEO of the Haymarket Center Dan Lustig and Board Chairman Lee Daniels thanked Comptroller Mendoza for her interest and her office's help
paying the state's bills to them through the budget crisis.
“As the opioid epidemic has become a public health crisis in Illinois there should be a bi-partisan effort to create a budget that will allow for access
and coordination of care that is currently not happening in this state” Dr. Lustig said.
Haymarket Center's President / CEO, Dr. Lustig discusses spike In Fentanyl Deaths In Cook County & Funding Cuts.
CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County officials were trying to raise awareness about a powerful opioid, much stronger than heroin, that
has been responsible for at least 40 fatal overdoses this year in Cook County alone.
Doctors at Stroger Hospital were warning about new synthetic versions of fentanyl, a powerful opioid pain killer that can be purchased legally online. However, it is being mixed in a deadly cocktail with heroin and cocaine, sending drug overdoses skyrocketing.
Fentanyl is commonly used in patch form to treat very sick patients, but synthetic analogues in powder form have been mixed with street drugs to create
an extremely powerful and often deadly cocktail.
“Fentanyl and fentanyl analogues are very powerful drugs that are likely to be lethal,” said Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook County’s Chief Medical Examiner.
“Just one dose can easily stop a person from breathing, causing immediate death.”
In 2015, Cook County had 103 fentanyl-related deaths. In 2016, that number jumped to 562.
Doctors at the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said, through April 8, there have been 44 deaths in Cook County attributed to fentanyl.
They said one dose of naloxone usually revives a person who has overdosed on heroin, but it can take as many as four doses to stabilize someone who
has ingested fentanyl.
“It is similar to heroin, because it is an opioid. It has the same effects as heroin, but much faster,” Arunkumar said. “It crosses the blood-brain
barrier easily. It’s about 50 to 100 times more potent than heroin.”
CBS News Report
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