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Area physicians, patients still see a place for opioids

URBANA — Life with chronic pain started for Kristen Blanton with a back injury.

The pain persisted after surgery, then through years worth of one treatment she tried after another.

Then her doctor put her on a low-dose opioid medication that worked for her — and continues to work a decade later.

Northern Illinois residents can rent off-road wheelchair

CALEDONIA (AP) — An all-terrain outdoor wheelchair is available for public use in northern Illinois.

Watchdog slams safeguards for foster kids on psych drugs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of foster children may be getting powerful psychiatric drugs prescribed to them without basic safeguards, says a federal watchdog agency that found a failure to care for youngsters whose lives have already been disrupted.

Survey finds 2 million U.S. teens are vaping marijuana

A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening concern about the new popularity of vaping among teens.

E-cigarettes typically contain nicotine, but results published Monday mean 2.1 million middle and high school students have used them to get high.

To avoid overdoses, some test their heroin before taking it

NEW YORK (AP) — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs.

Sales of fentanyl test strips have exploded as a growing number of overdose-prevention programs hand them out to people who use illicit drugs.

For the retirees, Sept. 16-23, 2018

For information about services available to older adults, contact Karen Graves, director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and Helen Mary Stevick Senior Citizens Center, 15 E. Main St., Champaign, IL 61820, call 217-359-6500.

RSVP and the Stevick Senior Center are administered by Family Service of Champaign County.

Former Mahomet counselor gets 18 months for insurance fraud

SPRINGFIELD — A former Mahomet counselor who admitted to falsely billing health care insurers for more than $500,000 over five years was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in federal prison.

In the Garden | Identifying a common outdoor enemy

Among the plants that grow in the Illinois landscape, poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) is perhaps the most notorious. This plant is certainly well known by name among most gardeners, naturegoers and outdoor folks, but many are unable to identify it correctly in the field.

Parkland sets open houses next week for surgical-technology program

CHAMPAIGN — Parkland College is set to showcase its surgical-technology program at two open houses next week.

Surgical technologists, who work as trained assistants in operating rooms, are in big demand.

Parkland's program takes about two years to complete. It's been recognized for a 100-percent pass rate on the national exam given to graduates, the college said.

Telling the stories of Puerto Rican victims of Maria

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ramona Gonzalez did not drown when Hurricane Maria drenched Puerto Rico. She did not die in the tempest, or from destruction wrought by the storm's 154 mph (248 kph) winds.

Instead, this disabled, 59-year-old woman died a month later, from sepsis — caused, says her family, by an untreated bedsore.