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Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti to open HERO HELPS summit Friday morning

Sanguinetti co-chairs Gov. Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti
Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti

Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti will offer welcoming comments at the 2018 HERO HELPS Southwest Coalition Community Summit. She will share the state’s efforts to curtail the opioid crisis that has plagued Illinois and the nation.

The Community Summit, which is free and open to the public, begins 9 a.m. Friday at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville.

Sanguinetti, who co-chairs the Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, will discuss the key elements of the Illinois Opioid Action Plan. The plan, which is a collaboration between various state agencies, community stakeholders and advocates, creates a framework outlining approaches to address the opioid crisis in Illinois. The goal is to reduce the anticipated number of opioid-related deaths by 33 percent over the next three years.

“The opioid crisis knows no neighborhood, no color and no class. It’s an equal opportunity aggressor that has killed nearly 11,000 Illinoisans the last 10 years,” Sanguinetti said. “Our task force is hard at work traveling the state gathering research. ... I’m excited to speak at this year’s HERO HELPS summit and thankful to the organizers for their ongoing efforts to battle this deadly epidemic.”

Maria Bruni, assistant secretary of programs for the Illinois Department of Human Services, and Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health also will be featured presenters at the Summit. Shah co-chairs the Governor’s Task Force.

For information or to register for Narcan training, visit: HeroHelpsSWC.org.

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