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L E A D | IN F LUENCE | IMPACT Chamber Core Function - Advocacy



IN THIS ISSUE 4Small Business Awards Nominees 4Chamber relocates office 4Elected Officials Reception Sep. 12

June 2019 | Volume IV | No. 3



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‘Shoes & Brews Preview


Business Blast - Save The Date

7 Advocacy: Representing The Interests Of Our Members 8 Enhanced Benefits Through Tiered Investment 10 Corporate Cup Challenge Golf Outing Preview



Message From The CEO



Open House Scheduled for New Office

As the voice of business, we support conducive for a thriving business


CEO Participates in Chamber Day


Small Business Awards Nominees

legislative policies and practices community and local economy, and oppose those that are not.


Ribbon Cuttings


Welcome to our New Members



VA Benefits for Assisted Living


Member Listings


Problem of Opioid Abuse and Addiction

Corporate Sponsor

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The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce 501 E. Capitol Ave., Suite A | Springfield, Illinois 62701 217.525.1173 | www.gscc.org

Erin’s Pavilion 4965 S. 2nd St. Springfield, IL

UPDATE (USPS 0703 630) is published six times a year by The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, 501 E. Capitol Ave., Suite A, Springfield, IL 62701. Periodical postage paid at Springfield, IL. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to UPDATE, 501 E. Capitol Ave., Suite A, Springfield, IL 62701.





professional network.

Chris Hembrough President and CEO

As we begin the summer, it is a good time to look back at the first half of 2019. This year has been filled with numerous opportunities, significant work representing the interests of our members, and The Chamber’s relocation to downtown Springfield. We hosted several can’t miss, major events and professional development opportunities. The Annual Gala, the John Maxwell Live2Lead Leadership Development event, the State of the City Luncheon, our three-part Developing Powerful People Skills series, and the Small Business Awards of the Year luncheon. Each provided substantial community engagement and information, venues for leadership and professional development, and opportunities to make “connections that matter” and to build your business and

We have made critical advancements and investments in all four of our core functions, but none more than our increased business advocacy efforts. As a leading voice of and for business we have done important work supporting pro-business, pro-growth public policy, while opposing public policy that would create unnecessary regulation and negatively impact the business climate and therefore our members. You will find our policy agenda at www.gscc.org/advocacy and advocacy updates at www.gscc.org/ advocacyupdates. The Chamber recently moved to our new offices in the Centre @ 501 at the corner of Fifth and Capitol in downtown Springfield. The Chamber played a significant role in bringing together the right development team and ownership in order to see the redevelopment of the former First United Church become a reality. The prominent property, which was empty for nearly a decade, has been redeveloped into mixeduse commercial and residential space to address the need for additional downtown residential units, and to promote downtown investment and revitalization. See page 6 for information on an open house for members to see our new office.

Approximately 5,000 square feet of commercial space remains available for lease. For information please contact the Chamber office. Residential units are also now available for lease, and those interested should call (309) 788-6311 or visit www.centre501.com for information regarding residential units. As you can see, the first half of 2019 has offered a number of opportunities for our members, investors, and the community at-large. I am sure the remainder of the year will be just as significant. In this edition of the Update Magazine you will learn more about our Small Business Awards nominees, The Corporate Cup Challenge, August Job Fair, the September Elected Officials Reception, ‘Shoes & Brews, Tiered Investment opportunities, and our fall Business Blast that will have a technology focus. As always, we are grateful for our partnership and the privilege to serve you and your business. Thank you for your investment in membership, the work of The Chamber, and the community at-large.

Chamber Four Core Functions Advocacy

As the voice of business, we support legislative policies and practices conducive for a thriving business community and local economy, and oppose those that are not.

Business Resources & Support

We connect local businesses to resources that reduce barriers to growth and expansion.

Leadership & Professional Development

We offer opportunities for professional growth and leadership development to members and their employees.

Visibility & Connections That Matter

We provide marketing, programming and relationship-building opportunities to help members grow their businesses.





2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Executive Committee Jennifer Gill............................................ Chair Springfield Public School District 186 Roger Austin...................................Chair-Elect Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc. Raylene DeWitte Grischow..........1st Vice Chair Lori Milosevich.................Secretary/Treasurer Estes, Bridgewater & Ogden

Leadership Level

HSHS Medical Group Premier Level

U.S. Bank

Jim Britton.....................Immediate Past Chair Express Employment Professionals

At-Large Directors Jennifer Boyer........................Springfield Clinic, LLP Tyler Cormeny................................... O’Shea Builders Dr. Ruby Davis.......................Ruby Funeral Services & Chapel, Inc.

Catalyst Level

Bank of Springfield PNC Bank Executive Level

Bunn-O-Matic Corporation Carrollton Bank CEFCU Security Bank, s.b. Warren-Boynton State Bank Tiered Investors receive recognition and enhanced benefits for an additional investment. To learn more, contact Chris Hembrough at (217) 525-1173 x205 or chembrough@gscc.org.

Chamber Mission: Enhance our members’ success and advocate on their behalf. UPCOMING EVENTS - SAVE THE DATE

Business Blast (with Technology Focus) Tuesday, October 29

Mark Donovan.......................... Illinois National Bank Anna Evans.........................Memorial Health System Dr. Susan J. Koch.......................University of Illinois Springfield Mike Murphy ............... Illinois State Representative 99th District Brady Smith..................Zara’s Collision Center, Inc. Adam Solomon.........................Solomon Colors, Inc. John Staff.............................................Staff Carpet Paul Wappel..........The Horace Mann Companies

Appointed Members Mylas Copeland.....................................Green Toyota Sara Wojcicki Jimenez ..........HSHS Central Illinois Division

GSCC STAFF Chris Hembrough................... ...President and CEO Lisa Schafer.............Vice President - Operations David Earhart...............Vice President - Member Services Bri Coons..................................Director of Events Teri Hill.....................Advertising Representative Tom Owen...................Membership Representative

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Heather Woomer.......................Events Assistant




The Chamber moved into its news offices at the Centre@501 at the end of May. This new development, which includes over 11,000 square foot of commercial space and 25 one and twobedroom apartments, was formerly the First United Methodist Church. The Chamber facilitated the development project and committed to being its main commercial tenant, occupying over 5,000 square feet of the former sanctuary.

Old Union Station 500 E. Madison (217) 782-5764

BEHAVIORAL PERSPECTIVE 2035 W. Iles Ave. (888) 308-3728

To celebrate the move and provide members an opportunity to see the new offices, an open house will be held from 4 – 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6. All members are welcome to attend. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.


Many thanks go to the following members who made contributions to enhance our new of fice space:

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1828 W. Jefferson St. (217) 883-1380

Ace Sign Company Bunn-O-Matic Corporation Ryan Electrical Solutions

LITTLE LINCOLN’S TOY SHOP 3450 Liberty Dr., Suite B (217) 670-1326

MASCO PACKAGING & INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY 1290 North St. (217) 744-0339


2943 W. White Oaks Dr. Suite 6 (217) 953-4667





Welcome To Our New Members

As a part of our advocacy efforts, Chamber President and CEO Chris Hembrough represented our members and the local business community at Chamber Day, an advocacy event hosted by The Illinois Chamber of Commerce and The Illinois Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. Pro-business advocates from across the state gathered in Springfield on March 20 for legislative updates on critical issues regarding the business climate, the regulatory environment, and the state of our State. Below, Chamber President and CEO, Chris Hembrough is pictured with U.S. House Representative Rodney Davis at Chamber Day. The day included updates and advocacy efforts on numerous bills in the following categories: Business Regulation, Infrastructure, Employment Law, Financial Services, Technology, Energy and Environment, Healthcare, and Taxes.

March and April 2019 Advanta Clean of Springfield Aramark Uniform Services Avis Rent A Car Bailey Family Insurance Bank of Springfield (Bivens) Bank of Springfield (Jones) Bank of Springfield (Starkey) Behavioral Perspective Inc. CAP Restoration, Inc. dba Steri-Clean Chronister Oil Company Del’s Popcorn Shop, Ltd. (Sixth) Discount Tire Co. Dropped Mobile Encompass Home Health Gateway Foundation Golden Hickory LLC Keller Williams Capital (Kienzle) Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP (Sakach)

ADVOCACY: REPRESENTING THE INTERESTS OF OUR MEMBERS The day-to-day work of the Chamber is guided by our Four Core Functions, one of which is Advocacy. Our 2019 Board adopted Policy Agenda clearly states The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, as a significant voice of and for business, has an obligation to represent the interests of our members to all levels of government and to the public. The Chamber supports pro-business, pro-growth policies that encourage entrepreneurship, development, job creation and investment. We oppose public policy that creates unnecessary regulation and negatively impacts the business climate and therefore our members. Our advocacy efforts – representing the interests of our members – have increased significantly. We have tracked local, state, and federal legislation, informing you of how it may impact your business or organization, as well as the community at-large. We have weighed in with lawmakers on many occasions, supporting public policy and legislation that is good for business and opposing those that would negatively impact our members. We have asked you, our members, to take action as well, by weighing in with lawmakers on critical issues. You will find our 2019 Board adopted Policy Agenda at www.gscc.org/ advocacy and advocacy updates at www.gscc.org/advocacyupdates. ALWAYS BUY CHAMBER

La Piazza Cucina Italiana The Lake House Church Loukinens’ on 4th Midwest Garage Door Company PNC Bank (Chiaro) PNC Bank (Cunningham) PNC Bank (Evans) PNC Bank (Lewis) PNC Bank (Mason) PNC Bank (Ray) PNC Bank (Siefert) Prairie State Gaming Regions Mortgage Rotary Club of Springfield Route History, Inc. Safe Haven Hospice Sports & Imports Specialties, Inc. Starfleet Lock & Safe, Inc. Tacos Pepe Telos Chiropractic LLC


ENHANCED BENEFITS THROUGH TIERED INVESMENT Are you interested in greater exposure, recognition, and visibility for your organization? You may want to consider a new opportunity offered to Chamber members, one of our tiered investment levels. Depending on the level, investors receive various enhanced benefits, including significant opportunities for exposure and visibility. Depending on the level, some of the benefits tiered investors may receive include:

• Participation on Advocacy Advisory Council • Access to Strategic Planning Services • Email sent to Chamber membership on behalf of tiered investor

• Passes to Business After Hours, additional Update magazine subscriptions, access to Chamber member mailing list

• Company profile, including CEO’s picture, on the Chamber’s website

• Office or conference room naming rights • Promotion in Chamber lobby • Recognition on The Chamber’s website, print publications and eUpdate emails

• Visibility through additional individual memberships, locations, business categories, and an enhanced online listing

• Invitation to annual breakfast with Board Chair, Chamber CEO, and other Tiered Investors

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FALL JOB FAIR OFFERS PRIME RECRUITMENT OPPORTUNITY The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce is offering employers an opportunity to seek out qualified candidates for openings in their businesses or organizations. The event is promoted extensively via print, radio and social media to bring quality candidates in front of employers. Hundreds of job seekers of all ages, including high school students, college students, professionals, and newcomers to the area attend the Chamber job fairs each year. Companies frequently report high satisfaction with their results from Chamber job fair events as John Kelker, President of United Way of Central Illinois, can attest:

Members registering by July 23 can secure a booth for $125. The booth fee increases to $150 after that date. Register online at www.gscc.org/events. For more information, contact Heather Woomer at hwoomer@gscc.org or (217) 525-1173 ext. 201. Presenting Sponsor

“Many thanks to your team at the Chamber for hosting the Job Fair on April 9. Jarid and Katrina attended as we searched for two administrative associates. I’m pleased to let you know we have filled both positions with candidates we met that evening.”

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center 3000 S. Dirksen Parkway 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.



2019 SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS NOMINEES Not for Profit Business Director of the Year

The 34th Annual Small Business Awards (SBA) luncheon is being held on Tuesday, June 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Springfield Convention Center, located at 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy. At the luncheon, The Chamber honors outstanding entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hard work and innovation have created and promoted a successful and growing business in the Springfield area.

Top row (l-r) - Angela Bertoni, Sojourn Shelter & Services, Inc.; Heather Burton, Central Counties Health Centers, Inc.; Lisa Clemmons Stott, Downtown Springfield, Inc.; Deana Corbin, Animal Protective League of Springfield & Sangamon County; Angie Sowle, Springfield YMCA; Bottom row (l-r) - Betsy Dollar, Springfield Art Association; Jeremy Harbin, American Cancer Society, Mid Illinois Region; Karen Sanders, Lincoln Land Community College Foundation; Colleen Stone, Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County; Amy Voils, MERCY Communities.

The nominees are selected from nominations by their peers. The nominees then answer questions about their business and community involvement. A panel of impartial judges then reviews and scores the responses. The finalists with the highest scores become the award recipients. Thirty-four (34) small business owners and not-for-profit directors will be recognized. Nominees are featured to the right of this article.

New and Emerging Business Owner of the Year

(l-r) - Christine & Mark Bailey, Bailey Family Insurance; Cari Claussen, Country Lane Memory Care Assisted Living; Josh Flanders, Bill Larson & Benjie Gines, Buzz Bomb Brewing Company; Jody Thomas, Smallcakes Glenna Winters, Capital City Property Management; .

Lifetime Business Owner of the Year

Presenting Sponsor

(l-r) - Todd Sowle, David White, Chris Leming, Mike Aiello, Jen Call and John Eck, TROXELL; Ed Clark, Ed Clark Photography & Music; Shellie “Rachelle” Jacobs, Del’s Popcorn Global, Ltd.

Small Business Owner of the Year

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Top Row (l-r) - Daryl Allen, Optimal Chiropractic; Kevin Crumly & Scott Norris, Troxell Financial; Ted Galassi, Artisan Stone Products. Bottom row (l-r) - Dushun Hogan, Cleaning General Janitorial Services Inc.; Margaret “Boony” Smith Luparell, Best Little Storehouse Inc. d/b/a/ Storage Box; Derek Roberts, Recon Techs Springfield; and Jon Stewart, Midwest Garage Door Company.




Welcome A new location for Springfield families As a parent, you want to choose a health care provider who has the resources and expertise to care for your child. OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria is the only full service children’s hospital in Illinois outside of Chicago. With more than 140 pediatric specialists, OSF Children’s Hospital delivers the highest level of care available. Our inpatient and outpatient services treat nearly all childhood illnesses, even the most complex. The expert care at OSF Children’s Hospital is also available in Springfield. At our new location at 2524 Farragut Drive, we offer outpatient appointments as well as pre- and post-operative care in these specialties: • General pediatric surgery • Pediatric cardiology • Pediatric neurology • Pediatric neurosurgery


At Cedarhurst of Springfield, we’re ready to begin providing the fulfilling lifestyle of comfort and convenience you or your loved ones have worked so hard to earn. Enjoy exceptional dining, life-enriching activities, individualized care plans and maintenance-free living in a family-like community. We invite Chamber of Commerce members to come out for a pre-opening visit! Contact us at (217) 247-1205 or Springfield@CedarhurstLiving.com for a personal tour of the brand-new Cedarhurst of Springfield.

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VA BENEFITS FOR ASSISTED LIVING Every day people just like you are confronted with important decisions about the care of their elderly loved one while keeping in mind their comfort, safety, dignity, and well-being. You are not alone in this process. If your loved one needs assistance with daily activities, an assisted living apartment may be the answer you are looking for – but can you easily afford it?

Usually seniors have Social Security, savings, and a small pension to provide for their retirement years. Many have additional stocks, 401K, and a home they can sell for additional income. One benefit many veterans and/or their spouses could utilize is their Aid & Attendance Benefit to cover costs of caregivers in the home, assisted living or a nursing home. This extra income, for seniors that are struggling to pay for the care they require, will help ease their financial stresses. The 2019 monthly Aid & Attendance benefits are listed below. Married Veteran with Care Needs $2,230 Married Veteran with Spouse Needing Care $1,476 Single Veteran $1,881 Surviving Spouse $1,209 Aid & Attendance Benefit The Department of Veteran Affairs offers a special benefit to war era veterans and their surviving spouses called Aid and Attendance. This is a tax-free benefit designed to provide financial assistance to help cover the cost of long term care in the home, in an assisted living facility or in a nursing home. This Benefit is for those veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person or caregiver in at least two of the daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring.

Eligibility Requirements •

Must have served at least 90 days of active duty with at least one day during a period of war.

Must have anything other than a Dishonorable discharge.

A surviving spouse must have been married to the veteran at the time of his passing.

Must require the assistance of another person to perform some of the daily activities of living.

Must meet income and countable asset criteria established by the VA.

Must be 65 years and older or totally disabled.

Eligible Periods of War World War II: December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946, inclusive. If the veteran was in service on December 31, 1946, continuous service before July 26, 1947, is considered World War II service. Korean conflict: June 27, 1950 – January 31, 1955, inclusive. Vietnam era: The period beginning on February 28, 1961, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in the case of a veteran who served in the Republic of Vietnam during that period. The period beginning on August 5, 1964, and ending on May 7, 1975, inclusive, in all other cases. Persian Gulf War: August 2, 1990, through date to be prescribed by Presidential proclamation or law. HOW TO APPLY To apply for pension benefits go online via www.ebenefits. va.gov to learn about your benefits or apply for benefits. Call the VA toll free at 1-800-827-1000 to have a claim form mailed to you or visit your local VA regional office.

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HEALTHCARE AND SENIOR CARE MEMBER LISTINGS BY CATEGORY Addiction Treatment, Psychiatric or Counseling Services Gateway Foundation Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery Rassik Complete Recovery, Inc. Rebound Healthcare Systems


Medics First Ambulance

Assisted Living, Retirement & Life Care Communities

Natural Nutrition Health Food Store / Natural Health & Healing Institute Simply CBD Zinzino

Healthcare - Rehabilitation Services Aperion Care Capitol Aperion Care Springfield Heritage Health: Therapy & Senior Care Lewis Memorial Christian Village Regency Nursing Care The Villas Senior Care Community

Healthcare - Sleep Disorders HSHS Medical Group Koala Center for Sleep Disorders

Cedarhurst Assisted Living of Springfield Centennial Pointe Assisted Living by Americare Country Lane Memory Care Assisted Living Mary Bryant Home for the Blind and Visually Impaired Mill Creek Alzheimer’s Special Care Center Reflections Memory Care The Villas of Holly Brook - Reflections Memory Care Villas of South Park

HSHS Medical Group Memorial ExpressCare (Chatham) Memorial ExpressCare (Dirksen) Memorial ExpressCare (Koke Mill) Memorial ExpressCare (Sixth)

Blood Banks

Healthcare Services

Central Illinois Community Blood Center Octapharma Plasma

Chiropractic Physicians

Advanced Center for Pain and Rehab Chatham Chiropractic Clinic Fluid Motion Sports and Rehab, Inc. Holzmacher Chiropractic Needham Chiropractic Optimal Chiropractic Springfield Accident & Pain Center Springfield Wellness Center Sullivan Chiropractic Center Telos Chiropractic LLC Upper Cervical Springfield

Healthcare - Urgent Care

Behavioral Perspective Inc. Central Counties Health Centers, Inc. HCI Alternatives HSHS Medical Group HSHS Mind-Body Health Services Kerber, Eck & Braeckel LLP (Sakach) MCCO-MC Community Outreach Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation PNC Bank (Lewis) Redefine Healthcare SIU School of Medicine

Healthcare Systems

Hospital Sisters Health Systems Memorial Health System

Dental Laboratories

Hearing Aids (Audiologists)


Holistic / Alternative Medicine

OraTech Laboratories, Inc. Advanced Dental Care of Springfield Capati Dental John M. Colbert, DMD, LLC Dental Care at Prairie Crossing Phillip M. Jensen D.M.D., P.C. Milner Dentistry, LLC Renken Dentistry Rochester Family Dentistry Secure Dental Springfield Springfield Dental Care

Dentists - Pediatric

Springfield Pediatric Dentistry

Dialysis Services

DaVita Fresenius Kidney Care Centre West Fresenius Kidney Care East Fresenius Kidney Care Koke Mill Home Therapies

Funeral Homes & Directors

Bisch Funeral Homes Butler Funeral Home (New Berlin) Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center (Chatham) Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center (Springfield) Ellinger-Kunz & Park Funeral Home & Cremation Service Ruby Funeral Services and Chapel, Inc. Staab Funeral Homes

Health & Nutrition

CBD Botanicals CT Manufacture HSHS Medical Group Memorial Weight Loss and Wellness Center

Miracle Ear

Acupuncture and Integrative Wellness Center

Home Health Services

Anchor Home Health Care CareLink Encompass Home Health Home Instead Senior Care Home Care & Supplemental Staffing & Nursing HSHS Home Health Services Memorial Home Health Visiting Angels

Hospice Care

Kindred Hospice Memorial Home Hospice Safe Haven Hospice


HSHS St. John’s Hospital Memorial Medical Center OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois

Medical Supplies

Mobility Equipment Personal Mobility

Nursing Homes

Aperion Care Capitol Aperion Care Springfield Lewis Memorial Christian Village St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield The Villas Senior Care Community


Bergh-White Opticians, Inc. Optometrists Bard Optical Bourn Vision Wellness Insight Vision Care Associates

Organ & Tissue Banks

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network

Orthodontists Tuthmvr, LLC

Pet Cremation Services

Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center (Chatham) Butler Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center (Springfield) Staab Funeral Homes Tails to Remember Pet Services


The Medicine Shoppe Potter Drug Physical or Occupational Therapy Regency Nursing Care

Physicians & Surgeons

Craig A. Backs, M.D., L.L.C. HSHS Medical Group Adarsh A. Kumar, MD, FRCP, FAAD Memorial Physician Services OSF Healthcare Children’s Hospital of Illinois Prairie Cardiovascular Consultants, Ltd. Springfield Clinic, LLP

Physicians & Surgeons - Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Central Illinois Allergy and Respiratory (CIAR)

Physicians & Surgeons - Cardiology Cardiac Care Centrum Cardiology Memorial Heart and Vascular Services

Physicians & Surgeons - Orthopedic & Sports Medicine HSHS Medical Group Orthopedic Center of Illinois


Capitol Illini Veterinary Services Coble Animal Hospital/Sangamon Avenue Veterinary Hope Veterinary Care Laketown Animal Hospital Veterinary Services of Rochester

Weight Loss

Springfield Accident & Pain Center

Memorial Home Medical Equipment and Supplies Vono Medical Supplies

Mental Health Assisted Living for Men Brother James Court

Mental Health Care

Brother James Court Lincoln Prairie Behavioral Health Center Memorial Behavioral Health - Springfield Adult Services

Medical School

For more information about these members, please visit our Business Directory at www. gscc.org. Questions about your listing, please contact Teri Hill at (217) 5251173 x208 or at thill@gscc.org.

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PROBLEM OF OPIOID ABUSE AND ADDICTION Opioid addiction remains the most prevalent health issue faced by Americans today. Street drugs are cheaper than ever before and often laced with fatal substances such as fentanyl, methamphetamine or carfentanil. The number of people overdosing on drugs continues to rise at an alarming rate, despite the billions of dollars that have been poured into solving the opioid epidemic. Among its victims are people from every walk of life. The Vietnam war lasted 20 years. During those 20 years, 58,000 soldiers died. In 2017, 72,000 deaths were attributed to opioid overdose. If statistics hold true, opioid deaths will approach 80,000 in 2019. The central question as to why people get addicted has still not been fully answered. People abuse drugs because it makes them feel good; some drugs also make day to day problems of life easier to cope with. There are two very important factors underlying the causation of this illness. First, 15 to 20 percent of the population has a genetic predisposition that makes them more likely to become addicted. Most of us take pain medication and all it does is take away the pain. Nothing more nothing less. People who are genetically predisposed to addiction get a real buzz and say it makes them feel very happy and relaxed. Second, there is a high prevalence of psychiatric illnesses amongst the population. Among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experience a substance use disorder, 50.5%—10.2 million adults—had a co-occurring mental illness. Rather than recognizing this for what it is, people tend to use street drugs to cope. This problem has been made worse by poor access to psychiatric care and misconceptions surrounding the recovery process. Many people believe that severe withdrawal is a pre-requisite for treatment and recovery. They believe using medically assisted treatment is ‘just substituting one drug addiction for another’. However, thanks to newer treatments such as suboxone, clonidine derivatives, and vivitrol, withdrawal can be controlled, and recovery can be achieved over time, without suffering. Since drug use alters the chemistry and structure of the brain, there is no “quick fix”. The brain takes time to heal because the receptors that produce the high during drug use become more active over time. Even after stopping, they require activation and lead to withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Use of FDA approved medications help the brain deactivate these pathways and return the pathways to normal levels of responsiveness. These drugs allow people to avoid the terrible symptoms associated with drug withdrawal. In addition to the medication, time needs to be spent focusing on the psychological and social aspects of the illness. This means treating the underlying psychiatric conditions, looking at the economic and social situations, and improving family support systems and relationships. This comprehensive method of treating the biological, psychological, and social aspects of the illness ensure that the whole person is cared for and increases the likelihood of total recovery.

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