This past Saturday 5/5/18, Loves Park Police Officers Johnson, Kindred, Pyfer, and Roberts, alongside multiple other state line area police departments, had the opportunity of helping a select few athletes light the torch to kick off this years Special Olympics Spring Games.
There were around 540 athletes who came to participate at Harlem High School for the 50th annual Special Olympics Spring Games!
The Belvidere Police Department and City of Belvidere would like to recognize Officers McDermott and Davenport for their heroism.
Ofc. McDermott and Davenport were recognized by the American Red Cross May 3rd 2018, at the Hilton in Chicago for their heroic acts on March 21st 2017, where they selflessly risked their own lives for the lives of two people including a small child from the Kishwaukee river.
Walmart is making its opioid policy more strict, limiting the duration of such prescriptions and requiring that they be filled electronically.
The company announced on Monday that within 60 days, it will only fill first-time acute opioid prescriptions for seven days or less nationwide, and it willlimit the dosage to 50 morphine milligram equivalents, or MMEs, per day. The CDC publishes MME conversion guides to help pharmacists figure out the right dosage for each type of prescribed opioid.
There are more than 5,300 Walmart (WMT) and Sam’s Club locations in the United States.
The new restrictions follow recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A CDC study found that people who were prescribed at least one day of opioid therapy had a 6% chance of being addicted a year later — but for those prescribed eight or more days of treatment saw that chance spiked to 13.5%. The CDC also notes that patients who are prescribed higher dosages are more likely to die from an overdose.
Some states already limit prescriptions to seven days or fewer. Walmart will go by state law when the cap is lower than one week.
Walmart also said that starting in 2020, it will require e-prescriptions for controlled substances. The company explained that online prescriptions will help prevent prescription fraud and minimize error.
The new measures are an extension of Walmart’s efforts to fight the US opioid epidemic.
In January, the company introduced a way to safely destroy leftover opioids at home. DisposeRx is a powder that, when combined with water and the pills, creates a gel that is difficult to remove from its container. The mixture can be thrown out at home or left at a drop off location. The company said on Monday that it will make DisposeRx available online.
Plus, Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacists will continue to recommend the anti-overdose drug naloxone, which is available over the counter in some states, to customers who may be at risk of an overdose.They will complete a pain management curriculum by the end of August.
Other companies are making similar efforts to help fight the epidemic.
Purdue Pharma, which makes the opioid OxyContin, said in February that it will stop promoting the addictive painkiller to doctors.
The CDC said in March that more than 63,000 Americans died of a drug overdose in 2016, and that nearly two-thirds of those overdoses involved either a prescription or illegal opioid, like heroin and fentanyl.
Around 11:30 pm last night several Rockford Police and WCSO officers were at a scene near the intersection of School st and Central ave in Rockford.
At the time of writing this, it is not yet known what happened due to the police encryption. Sources have said that a vehicle may have fled from police, but not confirmed. We will update this as more information becomes available.