Lake County Health Department Takes Next Step to Address Regional Opioid Crisis

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Lake County Health Department Takes Next Step to Address Regional Opioid Crisis

(Lake County, IL June 24, 2016) The Lake County Health Department will be hosting a press conference to announce the expansion of its Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) program for people struggling with opioid addiction. The expansion of MAT is the next step in the regional effort to address the regional opioid public health crisis which is being led by a number of Lake County organizations - the Lake County Opioid Initiative, local law enforcement, the Health Department, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Nicasa and others.

For decades, the MAT program at the Health Department provided methadone and counseling to individuals in treatment to recover from opioid addiction. The recent increase in drug overdoses and rise in opioid related saves occurring in the county, region and nation led to an increased need for response. Through a grant of $325,000 from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Health Department is expanding its treatment slots by 100 over the next two years. It is also adding medical provider hours, substance abuse counselors, a licensed clinical social worker and is providing clients with access to primary care through its community health center system. Congressman Dold, Senator Bush and others will be speaking on the impact of federal and state policy as well as the local efforts to reduce opioid addiction through treatment.

WHO:   

  • Lake County Board of Health President Chief T. E. Sashko
  • Congressman Robert Dold (10th Congressional District of Illinois)
  • Senator Melinda Bush (Illinois 31st District)
  • Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim
  • Lake County Undersheriff Ray Rose
  • Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor
  • Lake County Health Department Director of Strategic Initiatives Adam Carson

What:   
Press Conference to announce the Expansion of the Medication-Assisted Treatment Program

When: 
Monday, June 27, 2016

Time:    
10:00 a.m.

Where:
Lake County Health Department
3010 Grand Avenue (third floor Grand Room)
Waukegan, Illinois

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