COLLINSVILLE — The U.S. Attorney’s Office Southern District of Illinois, Department of Justice, is hosting an event in collaboration with the Partnership for Drug-Free Communities on Sept. 28 at the Gateway Center.
The goal of the Come Together for Change event is to mobilize participants to act in a unified manner to address the complicated and evolving challenges associated with the opioid addiction crisis.
There are two event offerings planned, with the first set for 9 a.m. to noon and the second set for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CME and CEU credits available.
Medical professionals, law enforcement, civic leaders, community members and key stakeholders are invited to a screening of the documentary “Chasing the Dragon,” followed by a panel discussion of the opioid crisis. There were 44 confirmed heroin overdose deaths in Madison County in 2015.
Keynote speaker Bob Twillman is the executive director for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management. Twillman is responsible for overseeing federal and state pain policy developments and advocating for those supporting an integrative approach to managing pain.
Panel speakers will include Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, Madison County Coroner Steve Nonn, Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Hoell and St. Clair County First Assistant State’s Attorney Jim Piper, along with other community leaders and change-makers. Gibbons, Nonn and other law enforcement officials continue to be outspoken in their efforts to raise awareness about the risk and threat of heroin to Metro East communities.
The Partnership for Drug-Free Communities was formed in 2016, as a coordinated effort between treatment providers, law enforcement agencies and community change-makers. Composed of several agencies from both Madison and St. Clair counties, the partnership focuses on the education, treatment and law enforcement components of the heroin and opioid crisis. Participating agencies include:
- Amare NFP
- Anderson Hospital
- ARCH House
- Bethany Place
- Boys & Girls Club of Bethalto
- Chestnut Health Systems
- Fairview Heights Police Department
- Gateway Foundation
- Illinois State Police
- Mad Angels
- Madison County Coroner’s Office
- Madison County Health Department
- Madison County Sheriff’s Department
- Madison County State’s Attorney’s Office
- New Vision
- Prevent Child Abuse Illinois
- Recovery 360
- St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office
- SWIC Police Department
- Troy Police Department
- U.S. Attorney’s Office
This event is open to the public; however, viewer discretion is advised. “Chasing the Dragon” contains explicit language and graphic scenes.
Free online registration may be found at: cometogetherforchange.eventbrite.com.
For those unable to attend this event, a live-stream will be available at the following locations: