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Will County summit on opioid epidemic set for May 3

The 2019 HERO HELPS Community Summit on efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Will County and across the state is slated for May 3 in Romeoville.

This year’s event will focus on services and programs to support long-term recovery from opioid use, according to a news release. The event is sponsored by the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization and Will County Heroin Education Leads to Prevention Solutions, as well as the village of Romeoville and 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. There also will be a panel discussion focusing on the various types of sober living homes in the area.

“HERO HELPS has done an excellent job raising awareness and stimulating action in the opiate crisis,” said Paul Lauridsen, co-chairman of the event. “Each year we have focused on a different aspect of this crisis, such as stressing the importance of collaboration and addressing prescribing practices and access to treatment. This year will highlight the next step in the continuum of care.”

The event also will include a resource fair with vendors representing the many aspects related to the epidemic and Narcan training. For information and to register for the event, Narcan training or the resource expo, visit herohelps.org. Questions can be directed to herohelpsinfo@gmail.com.

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