Federal initiatives to curb heroin abuse to headline forum

3/31/2015, 12:21 p.m.
Capt. Jeffrey Coad, a regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be a key speaker ...
Capt. Jeffrey Coady

A regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will outline the federal action strategies for reducing overdoses on heroin and other drugs at the 2015 HERO Helps Community Forum on April 14.

Capt. Jeffrer Coady, who works in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration division, will discuss prevention, treatment and recovery initiatives, according to a news release on the event, which will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center, 55 Phelps Ave., Romeoville.

“Addictions are a chronic health disorder, not a personal weakness or moral failure,” Coady in the release. “Collaborations between public health and public safety are essential for effective opioid overdose prevention strategies.”

The forum is open to families, public officials, law enforcement, healthcare providers, educators, the public and anyone who wants to learn more about the heroin and other drug overdose crisis and potential solutions.

In addition to information on federal, state, and county-wide strategies, the event includes a resource expo with representatives from more than 30 organizations providing information on their services.

Free CMEs and CEUs are being provided for medical, licensed social work and counselor professionals, and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support professionals.

For more information, go to www.herohelpsevent.com.