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Substance abuse forum set for May 17

Updated: June 7, 2014 6:13AM



More than 40 organizations, from drug treatment providers to family support groups to the medical community and others, will be part of a substance abuse resource fair from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 17 at the Romeoville Athletic and Events Center, 55 Phelps Ave.

The fair is part of the 2014 HERO and HELPS Community Forum.

“These organizations will offer critical information about recovery options and establishing a support system for those addicted to heroin and other substances,” event co-chair Paul Lauridsen said in a press release. “We are fortunate to have a tremendous number of agencies in the region that are dedicated to helping people cope with addiction.”

The forum is being hosted by the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization, Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions, and the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues to address the increase in the number of drug overdose deaths in Illinois over the past decade.

The forum is designed to create a dialogue among families, public officials, law enforcement, health care providers, educators and the public, allowing everyone to learn more about the drug overdose crisis and talk about solutions.

To register for the free summit or for more information, visit www.herohelpsevent.com.

Staff report



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