(CHICAGO) An Illinois Department of Public Health report says medical marijuana use is up more than 80% in the state. The Chicago Tribune reports that more than 46,000 people have used medical weed in Illinois this year with almost 75% of the patients age 40 and older. The report shows that the most common conditions treated are PTSD, fibromyalgia, and cancer, while other qualifying conditions include spinal cord disease & injuries, traumatic brain injuries & post-concussion syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. A new 2018 law allows medical marijuana to be prescribed instead of opioid painkillers, plus it eliminates the fingerprint and criminal background check requirements that delay applications.
(SPRINGFIELD) This is Fire Prevention Week, a time for everyone to take at least two simple steps (1) practice fire drills at home and (2) test smoke alarms every month. On average, at least seven people die every day from home fires in the United States, that’s more lives taken each year than all other natural disasters combined in America, according to the National Fire Protection Association. That’s why the American Red Cross is teaming up with statewide and local firemen to help install free smoke alarms, help families create home fire escape plans, and provide free public fire prevention and safety resources through the ARC’s Home Fire Campaign, a nationwide effort to reduce fire-related deaths and injuries. For details about fire safety and associated tips on staying safe, go online at www.redcross.org or at www.nfpa.org.