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The Addiction Policy Forum Recognizes Eight Life-Saving Addiction Programs throughout Illinois

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Statement from Kimberly Lohman Clapp--the Addiction Policy Forum's executive vice president of community engagement--in:
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The Addiction Policy Forum has released "Illinois Innovations to Address Addiction": a spotlight on eight innovative programs that address addiction and provide support for families and communities.  They were honored at an event in Springfield on Tuesday, June 11th.

The programs are: Springfield-based Operation Snowball, which has 55 chapters in Illinois; A Way Out (in Waukegan); the Safe Passage Initiative (in Dixon); the Positive Sobriety Institute (on Northwestern University's Chicago campus); Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities' "Specialized Case Management" program; the Family Recovery and Reunification Program (in Cook, Madison, and St. Clair counties); the Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition; and the Moms and Babies program (in Decatur).

More information about these programs is at https://www.addictionpolicy.org/blog/illinois-innovators-stepping-up-to-combat-addiction.  The Addiction Policy Forum is a nonprofit that's dedicated to eliminating addiction as a major health problem; its national headquarters are located in Washington, D.C., with resources and services in every state.

(CLAPP):
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ACCORDING TO THE C-D-C, IN 2017, NEARLY THREE-THOUSAND PEOPLE DIED OF A DRUG-OVERDOSE, IN ILLINOIS.  THAT NUMBER'S ACTUALLY HIGHER THAN HOMICIDES AND FATAL MOTOR-VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, COMBINED.  THE 'ADDICTION POLICY FORUM' FEELS LIKE THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE, IN ILLINOIS.  BUT, WE ALSO WANTED TO SPOTLIGHT THE WONDERFUL WORK THAT IS BEING DONE:  WE WANT THE STATE TO BE AWARE OF THESE EIGHT PROGRAMS--AND ALSO THE COUNTRY TO BE AWARE OF THESE EIGHT PROGRAMS.  ADDICTION IS A BRAIN-DISEASE:  WE NEED TO TREAT IT LIKE A PATIENT WITH CANCER, [OR] LIKE A PATIENT WITH DIABETES--WITHOUT JUDGMENT, [BUT] WITH MEDICAL TREATMENT, AND WITH COMPASSION."

For general PSAs about the Addiction Policy Forum's Addiction Resource Center, click here.



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