High on Life concert promotes safe, drug-free spaces for kids

LA GRANGE PARK – April Marin wanted to do something special to celebrate what would have been her son, Steven's, 21st birthday on Jan. 24. Steven tragically passed away in October from an overdose of heroin, and since then, April Marin has been looking for every opportunity to talk with teens and Steven's peers about the dangers of heroin.

Marin was looking for a way to celebrate her son's life and love of music and to provide a safe, drug-free environment for kids when she decided to put on a concert, High on Life, at the Village Church in La Grange Park Jan. 24.

Marin said she was overwhelmed by the support she received from Steven's peers, who helped book bands. Attendees also heard from speakers from heroin awareness organizations, Wake the Nation and the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (H.E.R.O.).

Close to 200 people attended the event, Marin said. She is currently in the process of planning a second High on Life event in May. At the event, organizers will hold training sessions that will provide training certificates on the administration of Naloxone, an opiate overdose antidote. Those who complete the free 1.5 hour training session will become certified. Naloxone will also be available.