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Illinois Parents Relinquish Custody So Son Can Get Costly Medical Treatment

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

At age 10, Daniel Hoy was diagnosed with several mental health conditions. In order to get him needed care, his parents had to make a dramatic decision: they had to give custody of him to the state.


County Jails Struggle To Treat Mentally Ill Inmates

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Getting mental health treatment to inmates who need it requires money and unprecedented collaboration between state and county departments of criminal justice and social services. Is it working?


Lawmakers In Illinois Embrace Medical Marijuana As An Opioid Alternative

Friday, June 15, 2018

Seeking solutions for the opioid crisis, policymakers in Illinois and many other states are looking to expand access to marijuana for chronic pain sufferers.


When Cancer Patients Ask About Weed, Many Doctors Say Go For It

Thursday, May 10, 2018

About half of oncologists recommend medical marijuana to patients, though most feel ignorant of its proper medical use.


For Chronic Pain, A Change In Habits Can Beat Opioids For Relief

Friday, April 06, 2018

There's a growing consensus among pain specialists that lifestyle changes can be more effective than drugs in managing chronic pain. But the alternative approach requires patient commitment.


How Outdoor Workers Minimize The Suffering During Bitter Cold Winters

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Bitter cold temperatures are breaking records across the Midwest this week. In central Illinois, the temperature is below zero and that's before the wind chill. There people who have no choice but to work outdoors look for creative ways to try to minimize the suffering.