Top Illinois Drug Treatment Advocacy Group Praises Sen. Mark Kirk’s Push against “Pill Mills”

(Chicago, IL) — U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R.-Ill) today announced new legislation at a Chicago press conference to combat the nation’s fastest growing drug epidemic – prescription drug abuse.

“Prescription drug abuse is rising. Drug fatalities have surpassed motor vehicle deaths, largely due to prescription drug overdoses,” Kirk said. “This bipartisan legislation makes common-sense reforms to the Controlled Substances Act that will help save lives from prescription drug overdoses.”

According to Kirk’s office, 2 1/2 times more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.

“’Pill mills’, or doctors, and pharmacies that either inappropriately prescribe or dispense prescription narcotics for non-medical reasons is a growing drug abuse problem in the U.S.,” said Illinois Alcoholism Drug and Dependence Association CEO Sara Moscato Howe. “I applaud Senator Kirk’s efforts to tackle this problem.”


U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, White House Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske Headline Forum on Drug Prevention, Treatment

IADDA CEO Sara Moscato Howe

(Chicago, IL) – Illinois drug prevention and treatment advocates, Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL), and White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Director Gil Kerlikowske will debate the impact of Federal and local initiatives to combat recidivism and substance abuse at a forum in Chicago on Monday, October 17.

The forum, which will include Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association CEO Sara Moscato Howe, will feature two panels that will discuss Federal initiatives in the Chicago area.

Those initiatives include drug prevention programs and drug courts. Panelists will also discuss the successes of local drug treatment and adjudication programs benefiting the health and safety of local communities.

The forum will take place at A Safe Haven, 2750 W. Roosevelt Road in Chicago on Monday, October 17 beginning at 9:00 A.M.

Davis is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives, and lead sponsor of the Second Chance Act, which authorizes federal grants to entities that provide drug treatment, mental health care, housing and jobs for people newly released from prison.

Kerlikowske, who assumed his White House drug czar post on May 7, 2009, has served as Chief of Police in four cities and worked in the United States Justice Department. His longest term as a Chief of Police was between July 2001 and March 2009 in Seattle, Washington.

The panel participants include:

Panel 1

 Panel 2