Lewis University to host rally to fight drug deaths

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Lewis University to host rally to fight drug deaths

Published: April 11, 2012.

Lewis University will be the site of a Conference & Community Forum plus a Youth Rally on April 13, to provide information and tools to educate the public regarding the growing number of drug overdose deaths. The Conference and Community Forum is designed for parents, educators, youth, law enforcement agents and healthcare professionals. HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) and Will County HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions) will be joined in presenting the events by the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues, Robert Crown Center for Health Education, and the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA). Lewis also is a sponsor.

The day’s schedule includes a Conference and Community Forum from 9:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and a Youth Rally from 6 to 8 p.m. Both events will be held in the JFK Sports Center in the Field House. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jeff Coady, PsyD, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Among the speakers are State’s Attorney James Glasgow, Judge Ray Nash, and Captain John Roberts, adjunct professor at Lewis. Dr. Touwanna Edwards, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lewis University and Mark Edwards, a university lecturer and expert on addiction studies, will present on “Opiate Addiction: To Use or Not to Use Risk Reduction Practices.” Panelists in a community forum on “What Can A Community Do” will include Will County Executive Larry Walsh, the State’s Attorney, a young person in recovery and others.

For more information or to register for the event, contact www.HeroHelpsEvent.org

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally aware, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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