Lake Forest’s LEAD to host prescription drug abuse summit Sept. 23
The Lake Forest-based Leading Efforts Against Drugs [LEAD] group is sponsoring a Prescription for Prevention summit on Tuesday, Sept. 23, to address the growing incidence of prescription drug abuse or misuse by teens.
“This isn’t about discussing why there is an epidemic, but rather what we can do about it,” LEAD Executive Director Andy Duran said.
One in five teens, aged 12 to 17, abuse or misuse prescription drugs nationally, according to a study conducted by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and cited on the LEAD website, www.leadingefforts.org.
During the summit, LEAD will outline local drug issues and community-wide solutions and bring together a panel of community leaders who will speak on the topic and answer questions from participants.
The panel will include Mike Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney; Dr. Adam Rubinstein, of Advocate Condell Medical Center; Demtra Ashley, DEA prescription drug program manager; Chelsea Laliberte, LiveforLali.org executive director; Laura Crain, McHenry County Drug Free program coordinator; Neeva Sandhu, senior counselor for Advocate Addiction Treatment Program; and a teen in recovery.
The program will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Advocate Condell Conference Center, located at 700 Garfield Ave., in Libertyville.
“We are sponsoring this summit because we want people to think differently about the prescription drug abuse epidemic, what the community can do to combat the problem,” Duran said.
Organizers hope to attract people of influence in the community to explore practical strategies that can be implemented right away, he added.
Parents, students and educators are invited to join pharmacists, pharmacy students, physicians, medical students, dentists, coalition leaders, prevention experts, counselors, clinicians and youth workers in the program.
The cost to register is $15, which includes lunch.
After the four-hour summit, participants will have the opportunity to participate in Naloxone training, provided by Live4Lali.org. Naloxone is a drug that reverses the effects of heroin overdose and allows first responders time to get an overdosing patient to the emergency room for necessary treatment.
To register or the program, go to www.leadingefforts.org/RxSummit or call 847-295-9075.