Third Annual Forum on Drug Policy (hosted by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University)
Friday, April 12, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (CDT)
At this year's third annual forum on drug policy, our panel of advocates, professors, authors, legal and law enforcement professionals, researchers and field experts will discuss the sustainability of existing U.S drug policy models in the United States and internationally, and examine public health solutions designed to address the opioid overdose crisis.
Space is limited. Please register using EventBrite so we may ensure you a seat.
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Your attendence at both panels and the networking event is encouraged, but you are welcome to attend as long as your schedule permits.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
* Panel One: 2:15pm to 3:15pm
The Sustainability of U.S. Drug Policies in the United States and Abroad
This interactive panel will focus on U.S. and international drug policies in Eurasia and Portugal and the sustainability of existing policy models. The discussion will be followed by a brief audience Q&A.
Laura Brookes, Policy Director, TASC Illinois
- Dr. Dessa Bergen-Cico, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University, Department of Public Health
- Dr. James A. Swartz, Associate Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work and author of “Substance Abuse in America: A Documentary and Reference Guide” (2012).
* Short Break: 3:15pm to 3:30pm
* Informational Presentation: 3:30pm to 4:00pm
An Introduction to Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND)
Presenter Maya Doe-Simkins will provide background information on overdose prevention initiatives and strategies. She will discuss the factors that can lead to an overdose event, the symptoms of an opioid overdose, what can happen during an overdose event, and how laypersons and bystanders can provide emergency medical assistance during an overdose.
*Panel Two: 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Public Safety Personnel and Public Health Solutions to Reduce Overdose Deaths
This interactive panel will focus on public health solutions designed to address the opioid overdose crisis and methods in which municipal, county and state stakeholders can collaborate to promote these solutions. The discussion will be followed by a brief audience Q&A.
Bruce Johnson, CEO, NICASA
- Maya Doe-Simkins, Public health researcher and OEND trainer
- Jerry Elsner, Director, Illinois State Crime Commission
- Michael Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney
- John Roberts, Retried Chicago Police Captain and co-founder of the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO)
*Networking Reception: 5pm to 6pm
(light refreshments will be served)
When & Where
Live4Lali was founded in memory of Alex N. Laliberte who tragically passed away on December 15, 2008 at 20 years old from an opiate (including heroin) overdose. He is one of thousands of overdose casualties during a prevalent time in America's history of drugs - the resurgence of heroin - in addition to the rise of opiate rx pain medication abuse. The new face of heroin/opiates looks exactly like you. These drugs do not discriminate based on age, race, creed, gender or class of any kind.
Live4Lali's main focus is to create awareness regarding drugs, drug use/misuse, substance use disorder/addiction and overdose prevention. We are also committed to the following initiatives:
- Partnering with Lake County communities to deliver customizable learning opportunities regarding drug misuse, addiction and its effect on families/loved ones, and opioids (heroin and rx pain pills) and overdose prevention.
- Speaking at local, state and national events on prevention, awareness and as impacted individuals.
- Providing Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) at various Lake County locations along with a monthly training at Kiva Recovery in Vernon Hills.
- Working with local youth nonprofit groups to fund activity scholarship programs for underprivileged youths.
- Community-wide implementation of comprehensive opioid awareness and overdose prevention strategies.
- Collaborating with other nonprofit groups in the area to continue the mission at hand: Lake County and the Chicagoland area’s awareness of drugs, drug misuse, harm reduction and overdose prevention.
To learn more, please go to www.live4lali.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org