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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.

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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.  

What's Next in Suburbs' Fight Against Heroin?

Suburbs Fight Against Heroin

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. The hope is to break the hold the deadly drug has on far too many lives that reach across all boundaries of age, geography and social standing from Naperville to Antioch. Read the complete article at Daily Herald.  


Read the entire Daily Herald 14 part series, "Heroin in the Suburbs, Through Their Eyes".

Elmhurst Summit Tackles Heroin Use in Community

Elmhurst Summit Tackles Heroin Use

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. Sharing his story with a group of people at the forum who were former addicts or had lost loved ones to their heroin addictions, Baumgartner explained to them how his addiction originated from being bullied as a child, and his search of “trying to find acceptance,” drugs – not necessarily the people who used them – provided that avenue for self and peer acceptance. Read the complete article at

Medinah Mom Copes With Son's Heroin Death by Saving Others

Daily Herald - April 20, 2015 - Louie Miceli's smile lights up his mother's dining room. The large black-and-white photo of Louie is the centerpiece on a crowded table, surrounded by dozens of mementos that tell the story of his short life.

A Driscoll Catholic football jersey lies near snapshots of the handsome young man playing sports, having fun with friends and vacationing in Italy.

"He was the kid to be around," says his mother, Felicia Miceli.

Two worn, handwritten letters on notebook paper, addressed to his mother and brother, reflect more difficult times.

In them, Louie apologized for past mistakes and thanked his family for sticking by his side as he struggled with heroin addiction.

Read the complete Daily Herald article here.  Photo taken by Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune

Read the complete DailyHerald 14 part series, "Heroin in the Suburbs: Through Their Eyes"

Heroin Facts From a Mom

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 life-changing effects the drug has on users and their families.

Most important, she concluded, is this: "You're going to make mistakes in your life, but heroin is not one that can be made."

Here are a few things Miceli wants others to know about heroin and its devastating consequences.

- Heroin addiction often stems from painkiller addiction.

One of Felicia's biggest regrets is her acceptance of her late son Louie's recreational drinking and pot smoking.  

The social pressures kept steering Louie down the wrong path, to the point that his friends encouraged him to try some painkillers his younger brother had been prescribed for a sports injury. He quickly got hooked.

Read the entire article at the Daily Hearld

Read the complete Daily Herald series, "Heroin in the Suburbs: Through Their Eyes"

Lawmakers Propose to Slow Heroin Use With New Bills

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.

While exact details of the program have not been finalized, a proposal to create such a system would be part of a larger legislative package that's in the works right now aimed at combating heroin use, state Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake said.

Read the complete article at the Daily Herald.

Read the complete Daily Hearld series, "Heroin in the Suburbs: Through Their Eyes"

Suburban Nonprofit Groups Strike Back Against Heroin

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.

Maybe it's a sister motivated by a brother's death, or a health agency doing its part, or a ramped-up drug prevention campaign.

Maybe it's an entire country saying, "Enough is enough." 

Nonprofit groups working to combat the heroin epidemic are taking a variety of forms and approaches as people affected by the drug work to raise awarenes of its dangers, promote sober living and prevent others from using.

Click here to read the complete article.