The Opioid Crisis: Understanding the Epidemic

The Oak Lawn Public Library is offering a series of programs examining the Opioid Crisis, how it affects Oak Lawn, and what we can do to help.

The Oak Lawn Public Library is offering a series of programs examining the Opioid Crisis, how it affects Oak Lawn, and what we can do to help.

The Opioid Crisis: From the Experts
When: Sunday, September 29, 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level Meeting Rooms

Experts from our community will help us understand what the opioid crisis is, why it has escalated, and how we all can be part of the solution. Please join us to hear directly from these community partners and become more informed:


Diana Bottari DO, FAAP Image was uploaded when editing content by: Mary Kate Murray
Chair of Advocate Health Care’s Opioid Task Force
Division Head Pediatric Pain Management
Advocate Children’s Hospital

Jackie Rouse, MHA DrPH Image was uploaded when editing content by: Mary Kate Murray
Director, Community Health/Community Health Workers
Advocate Aurora Health – South Chicagoland Region

Laura A. Bein, Ph.D. Image was uploaded when editing content by: Mary Kate Murray
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Advocate Medical Group Behavioral Health

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Social Worker
Oak Lawn Community High School

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Bureau Chief of Emergency Medical Services
Village of Oak Lawn – Fire Department



Film Screening and Skype Talk with Jan Rader
Heroin(e) (2017) NR. 39 min.
When: Thursday, October 3, 6:30pm (Doors open at 6:00pm)
Where: Lower Level Meeting Rooms
This Academy Award nominated documentary short film follows three women in Huntington, West Virginia – a fire chief, a judge and a street missionary – as they battle the city’s opioid epidemic.

After the viewing, we will Skype with Jan Rader, Huntington Fire Chief, who is featured in the film.

Naloxone Training
When: Tuesday, October 8, 7:00pm
Where: Lower Level Meeting Rooms

Join Almost Home, a local non-profit organization, and a local Jewel-Osco pharmacist to hear how to recognize an overdose, how to get Naloxone, and how to administer Naloxone to someone experiencing an overdose. Attendees will also get a free dose of Naloxone, provided by Almost Home.

This program is limited to 50 patrons; registration is required. Please register online beginning Tuesday, September 10.


After Hours Book Discussion
When: Friday, October 11, 6:30pm (Doors Open at 6:30)
Where: Periodicals Seating Area, Second Floor
Mayor Sandra Bury and Director Jim Deiters will lead a discussion of the book Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy. Pick up a copy at the second floor Adult Services desk and join us for light refreshments as we talk about what we have read.

Film Screening
Ben is Back (2018) R. 103 min.
When: Wednesday, October 16, 6:00pm (Doors Open at 5:30)
Where: Lower Level Meeting Rooms
19-year-old Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges) unexpectedly returns from a drug rehab facility to his family’s suburban home on the morning of Christmas Eve. Ben’s mother, Holly (Julia Roberts), is relieved and welcoming, but wary of her son staying clean. Over a turbulent 24 hours, new truths are revealed, and a mother’s undying love for her son is tested as she does everything in her power to keep him safe.

Personal Stories of Opioid Addiction
Where: Sunday, October 20, 2:00pm
Where: Lower Level Meeting Rooms

Join us to hear the powerful stories of those personally affected by the opioid crisis. Featured speakers include Darlene Klosak and Phyllis Bonick , who each lost a child to addiction; recovered heroin addict Nick Cialdella who now operates Never Alone Recovery; and other individuals who have been impacted and whose stories will leave a lasting impression.

Created by Mary Kate Murray on Aug 9th, 2019 @ 3:44 PM.
Updated on Sep 11th, 2019 @ 4:48 PM.