Opioid Seminar at Algonquin Township Novembererd

With ABC-TV Channel 7 having run a story featuring opioid abuse in McHenry County, it seems appropriate to run the following notice of a November 2nd meeting at Algonquin Township on the topic.

“There were five in McHenry County just last week, the I-Team has learned. Most involved heroin…¬†53 confirmed drug overdose deaths so far this year in McHenry¬†” ABC reports.

“I’t has been a terrible week for families of our deceased in McHenry County and our epidemic continues to worsen,’ said McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski on Monday following a series of autopsies,” the story continues.

Algonquin Township Trustee Rachael Lawrence asked me to share this flyer with readers.

McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski and McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally will be featured, along with Recovering Addict Tim Ryan, Laura Crain with the Substance Abuse Coalition and Laura Fry with Live for Lali.


Opioid Seminar at Algonquin Township Novembererd — 15 Comments

  1. Additional panelists will include:

    *Laurie Crain from the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition and Illinois Opioid Advisory Council

    *Chris Reed, recovering addict and alcoholic, co-founder of New Directions Addiction Recovery Services.

    *Clark Lawson from Rosecrance, a prominent mental health and substance abuse treatment provider locally.

    –Refreshments and coffee will be provided, including donated food from Chick-fil-a.–

  2. The general public has no clue as to the severity of the issue.

    The names of the deceased should be publicly disclosed.

    Deceased persons have no protected right to privacy.

  3. Let the Taliban have Afghanistan back and at least the opium from that country will be eliminated.

    Better yet, maybe we should use some of that glyphosate to eradicate the crops rather than requiring our military to NOT harm the poppy fields?

    Border security enforcement would help but better to eliminate the crop at its source.

    Insofar as prescription opioids, how about more severe penalties for doctors who over prescribe?

  4. now that the ‘war on drugs’ has a negative connotation, we much change the branding to ‘heroin crisis’

  5. Thx Rachael for taking action on a real problem.

    As a tax payer I am somewhat curious how much involvement you plan for Alg twh financially?

    Good cause, but not a function of townships of course.

  6. What a great idea, Jim. Then their families can be publicly shamed and hounded. Maybe they should publish your name for all the Xanax you and your family take. The crisis is in stupidity. Now we are getting a really good list to publish.

  7. Why don’t they host a seminar on how useless Algonquin Township [and all the other ones] about how townships themselves are addicted to taxpayer $$$?

  8. Highly, highly recommend reading “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” by Sam Quinones.

    A fascinating read about how the heroin epidemic came to be.

    You can thank Big Pharma for the heroin problem we’re seeing now.

    Sad to read it was a bad week for H deaths in McHenry County – a friend just lost her son to it last week.

    It touches everyone; no individual is immune and unfortunately most of us know someone who succumbed to heroin or opioids.

  9. Nob: the free informational event is being provided as a community service using zero township funds, except of course the use of the facility.

  10. In theory, a township board does have the authority to enter into contractual agreements to expend funds and provide mental health services, including substance abuse, provided the expenditures are properly appropriated in a budget.

    However, I don’t believe there is any shortage of existing local resources for those seeking help, so at this point, I don’t foresee any expenditures toward this on the township level in the foreseeable future.

    This is simply an educational event presented by experts and hosted in the township hall for residents’ benefit.

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