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2018 Hero Helps Community Summit to feature updates from State officials

2018 Hero Helps Community Summit to feature updates from State officials

Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory Council and Illinois Opioid Task Force

The 2018 Hero Helps Community Summit, slated for Friday, May 11 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, will feature Maria Bruni, assistant secretary of programs for the Illinois Department of Human Services, and Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, both of whom will share the Governor’s new Task Force Recommendations.

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Narcan training June 14 in Minooka

Narcan training June 14 in Minooka

Naloxone Training
6:00pm until 7:30pm
Thurs. June 14, 2018
Village of Minooka Community Room
121 E. McEvilly Road, Minooka Read more
Surgeon General advocates for increased availability of Naloxone

Surgeon General advocates for increased availability of Naloxone

Encourages more Americans to carry the life-saving, opioid overdose reversing antidote

The United States Surgeon General last Thursday issued a statement urging more Americans to carry naloxone, a lifesaving medication that can reverse the effects of an overdose.

In a press release, Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams acknowledged the dramatic increase of opioid overdose and the record number of people affected with substance use disorder, estimated at 2.1 million nationwide.

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Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti visits Joliet to discuss opioid epidemic

Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti visits Joliet to discuss opioid epidemic

“Send money.”

That was one of the messages given to Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti at a Friday round-table discussion in Joliet on the opioid crisis.

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2018 Hero Helps Community Summit to feature Laura Porter, thought leader

2018 Hero Helps Community Summit to feature Laura Porter, thought leader

in Adverse Childhood Experiences and Substance Use

The 2018 Hero Helps Community Summit, slated for Friday, May 11 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, will feature Laura Porter, a thought leader in Adverse Childhood Experiences and its relation to substance use.
 

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Holes in federal law to protect insurance coverage puts mentally ill at risk

Holes in federal law to protect insurance coverage puts mentally ill at risk

Chicago Tribune By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz

When his adopted son, then 10 years old, started to hear voices and act violently, Matthew Timion knew the boy needed psychiatric help. He did not realize how difficult it would be to pay for it. Read more
SMART ALERT - Dangerous Synthetic Cannabinoid Identified

SMART ALERT - Dangerous Synthetic Cannabinoid Identified

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) has been alerted to several individuals experiencing adverse reactions to using synthetic cannabinoids. Poison Control has identified that the synthetic cannabinoids may be laced with highly potent rat poison.

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Narcan training to be offered at the 2018 Hero Helps Community Summit

Narcan training to be offered at the 2018 Hero Helps Community Summit

Lifesaving antidote can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose

During the 2018 Hero Helps Community Summit, slated for 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, Ill., training on the delivery of naloxone or Narcan will be available to the public.

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Progress made on combating opioid epidemic, but still work to do

Progress made on combating opioid epidemic, but still work to do

By Alex Ortiz, The Herald News, Feb. 11, 2018

95 overdose deaths in Will County in 2017

JOLIET – One year ago, Will County hired Dr. Kathleen Burke as director of substance use initiatives. 

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Local health center offers medically-assisted treatment option for opioid addiction

Local health center offers medically-assisted treatment option for opioid addiction

Riverside Community Health Center has partnered with a global drug manufacturer to offer Vivitrol to patients with an opioid addiction. This medication has proven an effective method for long-term treatment of opioid addiction. Vivitrol is the manufacturer’s name for naltrexone a non-addictive, monthly treatment proven to prevent relapse in opioid dependent patients when used with counseling. 

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