December 21, 2017 (NBC Chicago) Five Illinois counties are joining the fight against opioid abuse, as they are suing pharmaceutical companies in an effort to hold manufacturers accountable for the nation's growing opioid epidemic.
Families of those affected by opioid abuse welcome the suit, including Felicia Miceli. Her son, Louie was on painkillers because of sports-related injuries, but soon became addicted to heroin
December 5, 2017 View a three minute video that brings opioid users face to face with those who have been personally impacted by the opioid crisis. Hear LTM President Felicia Miceli speak about the loss of her son Louie to an overdose in 2012.
The film also includes footage of the Prescribed to Death Memorial with its 22,00 engraved pills, each carved with the image of someone who fatally overdosed last year.
December 5, 2017 - The State of Illinois is launching an all-hours helpline to provide assistance to those impacted by opioid addiction. Gov. Bruce Rauner and members of the state's Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced the creation of the phone line Tuesday morning. State officials say anyone affected by opioid addiction can call for confidential assistance. The helpline has trained specialists who can connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services.