May 22, 2018, (Naperville Sun - Gary Gibula) A new specialty court to handle first-time opioid offenders is one of several ways DuPage County officials proposed Tuesday to step up efforts to deal with what they said is becoming an emergency situation.
December 21, 2017 (NBC Chicago) Five Illinois counties are joining the fight against opioid abuse, as they are suing pharmaceutical companies in an effort to hold manufacturers accountable for the nation's growing opioid epidemic.
Families of those affected by opioid abuse welcome the suit, including Felicia Miceli. Her son, Louie was on painkillers because of sports-related injuries, but soon became addicted to heroin
December 5, 2017 View a three minute video that brings opioid users face to face with those who have been personally impacted by the opioid crisis. Hear LTM President Felicia Miceli speak about the loss of her son Louie to an overdose in 2012.
The film also includes footage of the Prescribed to Death Memorial with its 22,00 engraved pills, each carved with the image of someone who fatally overdosed last year.
December 5, 2017 - The State of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction. Gov. Bruce Rauner and members of the state's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced the creation of the phone line Tuesday morning. State officials say anyone affected by opioid addiction can call for confidential assistance. The helpline has trained specialists who can connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services.
In 2015, the amount of opioids prescribed in the U.S. was enough for every American to be medicated around the clock for three weeks. It's time to open your eyes.
This beautiful poem was written by a very special Mother and strong women who has attended our monthly support group. Thank you Kandy B for sharing this inspirational message.
Michael Savastano, a gifted artist, lost his life to a Substance Use Disorder (SUD) at age 21. To raise awareness about this terrible epidemic and send a powerful message that Misuse Kills, we used some of his original sketches on items that you can purchase including a hoodie, art poster suitable for framing and a journal.
Do you have a child or loved one who has a problem with drug and alcohol abuse? The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids now offers free peer-to-peer Parent Coaching for parents of children affected by substance abuse. Recently, two members of the LTM organization completed the training.
The Washington Post - October 3, 2015 - LTM President Felicia Miceli shares her thoughts on how she channeled her grief after the loss of her son Louie, to try and prevent others from using drugs. Read the complete article.
WGN-TV - August 31, 2015 - Felicia Miceli lost her son Louie three years ago after his addiction to pain medication turned into a heroin addiction.
If you missed the Heroin Awareness Event at the Glendale Heights Civic Center Plaza on August 26th, the video replay can be viewed at this link.
Daily Herald - July 21, 2015 - Roughly two years into a growing campaign against heroin in the suburbs, those in the trenches continue to seek new ways to attack the problem on multiple fronts.
Mysuburbanlife - June 26, 2015 – Rob Baumgartner, 34, recently celebrated the first anniversary of his sobriety at a heroin summit organized by state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, in Elmhurst.
Daily Herald - April 20, 2015 - Louie Miceli's smile lights up his mother's dining room.
Daily Herald - April 20, 2015 - Through her work with the LTM Foundation, Felicia Miceli has learned a lot about heroin, from preventive measures that could have been taken, to acceptance of the li
Daily Herald - March 1, 2015 - A uniform statewide system that tracks drug overdoses could help Illinois address widespread heroin use in the suburbs, a local lawmaker says.
Daily Herald - December 1, 2014 Maybe it's a grieving mother on a crusade. Maybe it's a group of friends who need a place to stay sober ... and still have fun.
ADDISON August 9, 2014 Rich Veenstra, Mayor of the Village of Addison, on behalf of the LTM Heroin Awareness and Support Foundation and other similar organizations, proclaims Saturday, August 9, 2
CAROL STREAM - Attendees at the Sunday December 8 2013 event heard a disturbing report on Heroin usage in DuPage County. The Chicago western suburbs have seen an increase in Heroin use, especially with young people.
Heroin use is up all over the United States, but it’s especially bad in Illinois.