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Annual forum on opioid epidemic set for April 24 in Romeoville

A memorial to several people who recently died because of an opioid overdose is seen Friday at the HERO and HELPS Summit in Romeoville.
A memorial to several people who recently died because of an opioid overdose is seen Friday at the HERO and HELPS Summit in Romeoville.

An annual summit meant to shed light on the opioid epidemic in Illinois is returning to Will County later this year.

The 2020 Hero Helps Community Forum is slated to be held at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, according to a news release. This year's event will highlight the work that has been done over the past 10 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,” Paul Lauridsen, co-chair of the event, said in the release. “Too many people continue to die from opioid overdose and there are not enough resources to help people in recovery.”

Danielle Kirby, the director of the Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery at the Illinois Department of Human Services, is scheduled to speak about her efforts to reduce the annual number of opioid overdose deaths.

The event will begin at 8 a.m. with a resource expo featuring organizations working to combat the opioid crisis. The main program will begin at 9 a.m. and will include a panel of experts like Kirby.

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

There will also be training on how to use Naloxone from noon until 1 p.m. Pre-registration to attend the training is required.

To register for the event and for more information, visit herohelpsswc.org.

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