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Submitted by Lake Forest-based LEAD and SpeakUP!
LEAD and SpeakUp! To Host Community Conversation With Behavioralist Jim Kling
Do you want to set fair but firm boundaries with your children? Do you wish children came with an instruction manual for behavior? If your answer is “yes” to either of these questions, the workshop “When Love Doesn’t Conquer All” is for you.
LEAD and the SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition are hosting this free, interactive workshop on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at Gorton Community Center from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. This workshop is intended for parents and teachers working with children in preschool through 6th grade, and will provide participants with “how to’s” for being a fair but firm parent or teacher.
The workshop facilitator will be Jim Kling. Mr. Kling has a Masters Degree in Special Education and works in the field of behavioral psychology. He is the developer of the Fair but Firm method of behavior management for children and families, and has worked with several students and families in the Lake Forest area. His method works for a variety of children, regardless of diagnosis, level of behavior problems or emotional issues.
Parents and professionals who work with children and teens with behavioral problems are encouraged to attend. Attendees will leave this workshop with effective and concrete techniques that can be used to create environments of mutual respect and cooperation with effective rules, responsibilities and consequences.
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.
From Gazebo News
Submitted by LEAD
Are you interested in understanding the current trends in prescription drug abuse? Would you like to learn solutions to curb prescription drug misuse and abuse in your community? Join LEAD for our Prescription for Prevention Summit on September 23, 2014. The Summit will run from 10:30am-2:30pm and will be held at Advocate Condell Conference Center in Libertyville.
This program will outline current prescription drug issues and community-wide solutions for those issues. A panel, including the following community leaders will speak and answer questions during lunchtime.
- Mike Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney
- Dr. Adam Rubinstein, Advocate Condell Medical Center
- Demtra Ashley, DEA Prescription Drug Program Manager
- Chelesa Laliberte, LiveforLali.org Executive Director
- Laura Crain, McHenry County Drug Free Program Coordinator
- Neeva Sandhu, Senior Counselor for Advocate Addiction Treatment Program
- Young Person in Recovery
After the 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 ER for necessary treatment.
You can register for the Summit at www.leadingefforts.org/RxSummit. The cost to register is $15. CPDUs will be offered to teachers at no additional cost; CEUs will be offered to social workers for an additional $15. Lunch will be provided. For more information, feel free to call Joy Markee or Andy Duran at 847-295-9075.
July 10 4:38 p.m.
The Lake Forest Plan Commission approved tightening restrictions on possible medical cannabis dispensaries and cultivation centers that want to locate in the city.
The commissioners agreed unanimously on Wednesday, July 9, to forward their recommendation to the City Council to consider requiring a special use permit for the facilities, which were recently allowed by state law. The special use permit process requires a public hearing and thorough review.
“There’s very limited likelihood we will see any of these facilities,” Director of Community Development Cathy Czerniak said.
The Illinois Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act, adopted by the state legislature in August 2013, allows up to 22 cultivation centers and 60 dispensing facilities in the state. The act does not allow dispensaries or cultivation centers to locate within residential zoning districts or within specified distances of public or private schools or day-care facilities.
“The city of Lake Forest, due to the predominance of residential zoning throughout the community and the multitude of public and private schools, offers very limited location opportunities,” Czerniak said. “However, it is important for the city to have an established review process and reasonable criteria in place in the event this type of request is received.”
The city cannot prohibit such facilities from locating in town, she said.
The commissioners agreed to limit signage and hours of operation, prohibit drive-thrus and require that parking lots for medical cannabis facilities be visible from a public street.
Khris Condon, program coordinator for the SpeakUP! Prevention Coalition based in Lake Forest, asked the commissioners to keep the location of a potential site out of the “mainstream areas of our youth.”
Condon said she fears they will equate “medical” with “safe” and get a false impression of cannabis use for non-medical reasons.
“Please keep our youth in the forefront of your mind,” she said.
In its discussion, commissioners questioned who would be allowed to work in dispensaries and cultivation centers, whether deliveries by vehicles with advertising would be allowed from the facilities and if the city has any say in whether a dispensary, for example, fits in with surrounding businesses. They specifically mentioned the potential harm of allowing a dispensary next to a bar, for example.
Some considerations, like surrounding uses and whether it poses a danger to the general public, would be considered under the city special use permit process, Czerniak said.
“We do have current ordinances that speak to using vehicles as advertising,” she said.
The commissioners agreed to forward a list of their questions with their recommendation to the City Council.
Lake Bluff’s Village Board voted unanimously in May to include “medical cannabis dispensary” as a special use in the village’s light industrial district — but layered in tighter restrictions on signage, surveillance and hours of operation. The village’s light industrial area lies on the west side of town.
Submitted by LEAD (Leading Efforts Against Drugs):
Looking for a fun and safe place to celebrate after prom? LEAD and SpeakUP! invite local prom attendees to the “Extreme Post-Prom Party” at Six Flags Great America.
Buses will depart from the Gorton Community Center (400 E. Illinois Rd, Lake Forest). Gorton will be open between 12:30 – 1:45 a.m. for students to change clothes and hang out until buses depart. Students attending prom are encouraged to take an early bus back, then arrive at Gorton between 12:30 and 1:15 a.m. Last bus departs for Six Flags at 1:45 a.m. All buses will return to the Gorton parking lot by 6 a.m.
Safety and Security is Our #1 Priority:
- Only buses allowed. Students may not drive their own vehicles to Six Flags.
- Exclusive controlled event – no student in & out privileges.
- Private event – not open to the public! No long lines either!
- Local parents & community leaders will chaperone the entire event!
- Storage of prom attire will be provided.
See website for more details … And hurry! Space is Limited.
Submitted by LEAD’s Speak UP! Prevention Coalition:
Thinking about colleges? …
You’re checking out academic programs …
You probably already know the mascot …
Do you know about the campus drinking environment?
Join us: Thursday, April 3, 2014, noon – 1:30 PM
LEAD’s Speak Up! Prevention Coalition invites the community to learn about the drinking culture at colleges. Sean Welsh, Assistant Director of Counseling Services Wellness Coordinator at Lake Forest College, will talk about best practices regarding deterring/reducing underage drinking on college campuses. Opportunity for Q&A at end of presentation.
Lunch will be provided; Gluten free available; All meetings are held at: Lake Forest High School West Campus, 300 South Waukegan Road, Conf Room B, Lake Forest
RSVP to [email protected]
Read the March 9, 2014 Northshore Weekend newspaper article on the new medical marijuana legislation in Illinois. Click Here
Steve Lunardi, Jr., recently told a standing-room-only crowd in Lake Forest how he started drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana while attending Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, and then became a heroin addict.
“It took over my life. … It’s truly a miracle that I am here today,” he told an audience of more than 150 at the Gorton Community Center.
Mundelein resident Lunardi, sober for two years, joined a panel of Lake County officials and physicians on Feb. 26 to discuss what they are calling an “epidemic” — drug abuse and heroin overdose in Chicago’s collar counties, including Lake County.
Although they’ve taken a dip in the past year, drug overdose death numbers have risen over the past decade in Lake County, panelists said. Health and law enforcement officials are tackling the problem by working to get drug dealers out of the county. They also said parents must be vigilant.
“We are one of the leading counties in the U.S. for drug overdoses,” said Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, one of the panelists.
He said the heroin is coming from Mexico and that Chicago is the No. 1 distribution hub for the United States.
Street gang members are bringing heroin into the suburbs, Nerheim said.
“There’s a lot of it, and it’s very cheap,” he said. “You can get it five minutes from here and get it for five bucks. You can snort it or smoke it now. The first time you try it, you can overdose.”
Georgia Katz of Lake Forest said she came to the meeting because she wants to stay informed. She asked her 14-year-old daughter, Vanessa, to attend the meeting, hoping to get the point across that “it can happen to anyone.”
After the meeting, Vanessa said she learned that “taking any kind of drug can lead to heroin use.”
That was true for Lunardi, who was joined by audience members after the meeting who wanted to share their stories and thank him for sharing his.
Lunardi said he started smoking marijuana because his friend did. He believed, he said, that marijuana would not lead to more dangerous drugs.
But by the time he was 18 years old, Lunardi was using heroin — every day — and selling everything he owned to get his fix.
Even after overdosing one day and waking up in the hospital, he continued, he said.
He went into rehab eight times before he got sober. Today, Lunardi, 25, is in a recovery program, works one-on-one with counselors and receives support from parents and friends. He also works a full-time job.
Beth Abbinanti of Arlington Heights told Lunardi that her 30-year-old son has struggled with heroin addiction for several years. It’s difficult to know what to do, she said.
The key is that he has to want to change, Lunardi said.
“There is a way out,” he said. “I’m living proof.”
He said wanted Abbinanti to know that children with drug abuse problems often have good parents.
“My parents did everything right,” he said, adding, “If your kid has an addiction, don’t enable them. Don’t bail them out of situations.”
Lake Forest Police officer Steve Huck said parents need to be vigilant.
“Start with your kids young,” he said. Search their bedrooms for signs of drug use and talk to them, Huck said. “We are the first line of defense. We’re not their friends. We’re their parents.”
Lisa Aronson of Riverwoods congratulated Lunardi for seeking treatment for his heroin addiction.
She told him about her 23-year-old nephew, Jordan Miller of Highland Park, who died this January after a heroin overdose.
“He had been in rehab for five months,” Aronson said.
Lunardi said there’s no explanation for why some addicts overdose and die while others live.
Nerheim said a fairly new drug called naloxone, if administered in time, can save the life of someone overdosing on heroin and other opiate drugs.
“We want to have every squad car in Lake County have naloxone,” he said. “It will reduce deaths.”
Nerheim, who last May started a drug abuse prevention strategy task force focusing on heroin and other opiates, said the large turnout at the Lake Forest meeting was encouraging.
He also is forming a Lake County regional gang task force in spring to stop the infiltration of illegal drugs into Lake County via gangs. The meeting was sponsored by LEAD, Linking Efforts Against Drugs, based in Lake Forest. For more information, go to leadingefforts.org.
State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim headlines this community panel that will cover heroin education and local solutions on Wednesday, Feb 26 from 7pm -8:00pm at the Gorton Community Center.
Please join LEAD in welcoming State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, who will speak about the increased heroin situation in Lake County and what we can do as a community to create solutions. Mr. Nerheim will present a general overview of heroin use in Lake County and then attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the community panel.
The community panel will consist of Nerheim, Steve Huck (Lake Forest Police Department), Cliff Rice (ER physician and community member), Heather Hale (PSyD, LCPC, CADC), and a recovering young person from Lake County.
The presentation will be held on Feb 26, 2014, from 7 pm -8:00 pm at the Gorton Community Center. There is no preregistration and walk-ins are welcome. Please see the LEAD website (www.leadingefforts.org) or call 847-295-9075 for more information.