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Specialty Court to Handle First-Time Opioid Offenders in DuPage County

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.

Members of the county's Heroin Opioid Prevention and Education task force, speaking at a press conference in the county board chambers, announced five specific strategies they will pursue to be funded with $100,000 in the county budget.  

"This crisis reaches beyond what many people realize," DuPage County Health Department Executive Director Karen Ayala said. "Current estimates are that 200 people a day die from opioid-related overdoses. It easily eclipses other public health emergencies in recent times, including HIV and drunk driving deaths."

The strategies cited will target drug access, opioid use and misuse, overdose response, intervention treatment and recovery, and substance abuse prevention and education.

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5 Counties File Suit Against Pharmaceuticals Over Opioid Crisis

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. In 2012, he died of a drug overdose at the age of 24.

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Facing an Everyday Killer

December 5, 2017 - Titled “Facing an Everyday Killer,” the three-minute film brings opioid users face to face with those who have been personally impacted by the opioid crisis. The film also includes footage of the Prescribed to Death Memorial with its 22,000 engraved pills, each carved with the image of someone who fatally overdosed last year.

Thanks to the National Safety Council (NSC) for all their efforts to stop addiction through awareness.

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Illinois Launches Helpline to Fight Opioid Addiction

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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.

The statewide helpline is available at 1-833-2FINDHELP. It is funded through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

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Stop Every Day Killer

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. 

Drug overdose is the No. 1 cause of preventable death in the United States, and in 2015, opioids were linked to nearly two-thirds of overdoses. 

Research indicates people who take opioid painkillers can quickly develop a dependence on this class of drug. Yet, 70% of doctors prescribe highly addictive opioids for longer than the CDC recommends, accoring to tha National Safey Council survey. 

Get the facts, see the faces of addiction and learn how you can take action to make a difference in the opioid crisis. Click this link.


International Overdose Awareness Day - Illinois

Previous Event
Thu, Aug 31 - 4:00pm

National Safety Council, 1121 Spring Lake Dr, Itasca, IL 60143

Open to the Public
IOAD Event

Join National Safety Council and a team of Illinois survivor advocates and local grassroots organizations for the 2017 Illinois Overdose Awareness Day rally. Use #IOAD2017 to join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Register here:

When: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Registration Opens at 3:30pm)
Where: National Safety Council
1121 Spring Lake Drive
Itasca, Illinois 60143

What: International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held each year to raise awareness about drug overdose, remember those who have lost their lives to drug overdose and recognize the grief experienced by families, friends and loved ones.

Join us to:
- Pay tribute to those we have lost to drug overdose in Illinois
- Be inspired by: Rex Chapman, University of Kentucky and NBA Basketball Player
- Anthony Alvarado and Doug Darby, Founders of We All Rise Together
- Free Naloxone Training. Must register at: Space is limited. See flyer below for more details.

Organizers include:
- National Safety Council
- LTM Foundation
- Live4Lali
- DuPage Prevention Leadership Team
- Lake County Health Department
- City of Chicago Public Health

National partners include:
- Fed Up
- Rally for a Federal Response to the Opioid Epidemic

Overdose Awareness Day: Remembering Lives Lost and Preventing Future Deaths

Overdoes Awareness Day - 2015

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. He was out of rehab and six months clean when he died. "His system was clean, so you can't use the same amount you did previously, and he overdosed and passed in our house.. in his room, "Miceli said. "I think he just tried it one last time, and one last time was one last time." Read the entire article at WGN-TV.  View video interview with Felicia Miceli at WGN-TV.