By Anastasia Tuskey

The 2020 Hero Helps Community Forum has been set for Friday, April 24 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville. This year’s event will highlight the work that has been done over the past ten years to bring hope and change to the opioid crisis in Illinois.

“While we have accomplished many of our goals, there is still much work to be done,” said Paul Lauridsen, co-chair of the event. “Too many people continue to die from opioid overdose and there are not enough resources to help people in recovery.”

The event will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the resource expo which will include organizations working in the opioid crisis. At 9:00 a.m., the program will begin with a panel of experts who will discuss progress over the past ten years as well as future efforts at the local, state, and national levels in the opioid crisis.

“Access to care and recovery support remain important parts of the process,” Lauridsen said. “This event has grown every year and is a great opportunity to share resource information.”

Naloxone training will be available from noon until 1:00 p.m. Pre-registration to attend this training is required.

CPDU’s, CME’s and CEU’s are being provided for education, medical, social work professionals, licensed professional counselors, and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support professionals.

To register for the event and for more information, visit the website:

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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