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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.

View the video at this link: http://stopeverydaykillers.nsc.org/video

Illinois Launches Helpline to Fight Opioid Addiction

help for opioid addiction

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.

More information can be found here: http://wgntv.com/2017/12/05/illinois-launches-helpline-to-fight-opioid-a...

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: http://safety.nsc.org/overdose-awareness-day

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: nsc.org/narcan 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 mysurburbanlife.com

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"

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