2019 Hero Helps Community Summit scheduled for Friday, May 3, 2019

By Anastasia Tuskey

The 2019 Hero Helps Community Forum is slated for Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, IL. 

This year’s event will focus on services and programs to support long-term recovery from opioid use. The eighth annual event will again be sponsored by HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) and Will County HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions) as well as the Village of Romeoville and the Southwest Coalition. 

Medical professionals from the Will County Behavioral Health Department, Symetria Health, and Family Guidance Center will speak about the different methods of offering medication-assisted treatment (MAT). A panel discussion will focus on the various types of sober living homes in the area. 


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Efforts to battle Opioid Crisis"Starting to Pay off' in Will County Officials Say.  

By Susan DeMar Lafferty

The number of opioid-related deaths has risen steadily in Will County in the past few years, but officials at a forum on the problem said progress has been made in tackling what they called a “public health crisis.”

In 2017, the Will County coroner’s office recorded its highest number of deaths related to heroin and fentanyl (a more potent synthetic opioid) — 85, up from 78 the previous year.

“It is easy to get discouraged, but progress has been made. Your work has started to pay off. You have saved lives,” said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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Romeoville Based Summit Addresses the Opioid Epidemic

By Alex Ortiz

Experts, public officials, law enforcement, volunteers and survivors came together Friday for the HERO and HELPS Summit on the opioid epidemic in Will County and across the state.

Organizers held the event at the Edward Hospital Athletics and Event Center in Romeoville. The Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization and Will County Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions, in conjunction with the Southwest Coalition for Substance

Abuse Issues, hosted the program.

The event kicked off with a resource fair that featured numerous local agencies and organizations, including Soft Landing Recovery, the Will County Health Department and the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery, which all help with recovery.

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