Jared Voss: A Creative Soul Taken Much Too Soon
The following is an email that our son, Jared, prepared for his “Sober Coach” after he agreed to accept our help and try to change. He had just confessed to us that he had graduated to using heroin. I found …Read more
My Approach to the Opioid Epidemic: Supply Support, Demand Solutions
Lake County State’s Attorney, Michael G. Nerheim
Law Enforcement Advisor to Live4Lali
I have practiced law as an Assistant State’s Attorney and criminal defense attorney, and I now serve as the Lake County State’s Attorney. I have witnessed the opioid …Read more
Our Role In Preventing Mental Health Tragedies
Dr. Adam Rubinstein, Internal Medicine
Physician Advisor to Live4Lali
Whenever a person completes suicide, it’s a tragedy. Our national collective tragedy occurs every 13 minutes. That means that if a student drives a friend from College of Lake County’s …Read more
Identifying Your Child’s Drug Use & Taking Action
When my oldest son was well into his recovery from his heroin addiction we were able to have some frank discussions as to what his mother and I might have missed. We also discussed what parents should do and not …Read more
Join Us for Our Walk-In Clinic Open House on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30 Pm!
COME AND CHECK OUT SUBURBAN CHICAGO’S NEW DIRECT ACCESS POINT FOR NALOXONE TRAININGS, EDUCATION, SUPPORT AND TREATMENT NAVIGATION.
Substance-related hospital admissions and overdose fatalities across Chicago’s communities are at an all time high. The CDC reports that 120 people die …Read more
We Need Your Help…
Today, our cofounders/mother-daughter team, Jody Daitchman & Chelsea Laliberte are heading to Springfield, IL to testify for HB1466 AKA “Lali’s Law” which expands Narcan access to pharmacies! Any layperson 18+ can walk into a pharmacy to get training and equipped …Read more
FED Up Rally Set for October 3rd in Washington, DC!
Are you as FED UP as we are about the federal government’s lack of response to the opioid crisis? We are proud members of the FED Up Rally and our director Chelsea Laliberte, serves as a member of the …Read more
New IL House Bill Aims to Reduce Prescription Opioid Abuse
There were 339 prescription opioid deaths in IL in 2012! About 80% of the 120 fatal overdoses per day in America are from opioids. The availability of abusable Rx opioids has sent our country into a tailspin. Faced with the …Read more
In Memory of Mikey Santini
Yesterday started like any other day. I got up, got ready, walked my dog, made a quick breakfast and headed out the door to my meeting with the Buffalo Grove Police Department to develop our addiction and overdose response plan …Read more
Way to go Duchess Kate Middleton!!
Such a great video that shares important facts about drug use around the world!Read more
The Heroin Vaccine: Can It End Addiction and Overdose?
“A promising heroin vaccine has been in the works for some time, and it has even shown great success in clinical trials on rats. Yet, this wonder drug has received little media attention and even less funding.”
To learn …Read more
Our Mission: How One Family’s Lack of Knowledge Inspired the Power to Know
We were proud to be recently featured in the Daily Herald. Their article highlighted Chelsea Laliberte, our Executive Director and the work she provides to the community. Please take a look at the article here: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20141226/news/141228992/
All photos provided by …Read more
Hero of Decades: Dan Bigg and Chicago Recovery Alliance
Click here to read The Fix’s phenomenal feature story written by our friend Zachary Siegel, about the incomparable Dan Bigg AKA The Patron Saint of Harm Reduction.
When I first met Dan Bigg, cofounder and director of the Chicago Recovery …Read more
Drug education starts with a conversation
12 Facts of Christmas coming at you with a hot off the press factoid! Prevention efforts are working. This is progress, not perfection. We are proud to have educated 2,500 students this year. Help us keep the momentum going by …Read more
Remembering Alex on the 6th Anniversary of His Death
Message from our Executive Director, Chelsea Laliberte on the 6th anniversary of Alex “Lali” Laliberte’s death:
The Fix’s Feature Story Spotlights Our Executive Director, Chelsea Laliberte
Six years ago, we thought if we could help just one person or family through our work then we were doing something important. Today we never thought our tragedies would enlighten and motivate people to seek assistance for their mental …Read more
Lake County’s Naloxone Program Launches in 32 Police Departments TODAY!Read more
Ayahuasca: The NEW Medical Marijuana?
I know what you’re thinking. “Just what we need…another drug.” But really, “drugs” in the general sense, are everywhere. Food is a drug. Sex is a drug. Learning or working can be drugs. We are surrounded by ways to cope …Read more
Live4Lali Announces Brand New Grief Support Group for Siblings of Deceased Overdose Victims
Our brand new Facebook group is intended to provide support, resources, education, news and beyond for siblings who have lost a sibling to a drug overdose. This is a place where you can bring up any feelings, thoughts or …Read more
Tell Target to Stop Promoting Bullying!
A message from our Executive Director, Chelsea Laliberte:
I am fortunate enough to have a mother who told me I was beautiful every day of my youth, and even today. Despite her best attempts at instilling positive self-image in little …Read more
Terrorism and Drugs: A Love Story
One of the most common question we get asked is, “why can’t the DEA just shut down the heroin trade?” Well, it’s not as simple as you might think. In an industry that profits $400 billion per year on a …Read more
California: Crack and Cocaine Sentencing Will Finally Be Equal!
Let’s go back, way back to the 1980’s when when the Reagan Administration began implementing divided sentencing for cocaine possession and crack cocaine possession. Many people are unaware of the major differences between the two drugs, and the truth of …Read more
Chicago Mayor Seeks To Decriminalize Pot and Reduce Penalties for Controlled Substances
Raum Emanuel, Chicago’s mayor has publicly recommended that the city amend their drug policies. Many say this is a political maneuver but many from across the systems affected see its value. Where do you stand? Read the Chicago Tribune article …Read more
Pharmacies Warn Patients of New Schedule II Hydrocodone Rules
Our Outreach Coordinator, Genevieve Przybylo, came across this gem yesterday at her local neighborhood Walgreens. As you could imagine, we were all happy to finally see the information publicly emphasized regarding hydrocodone’s restriction. For those unfamiliar with what’s happening, hydrocodone …Read more
Finally a legislator develops groundbreaking prevention and education bill for Illinois!
U.S. Representative Bill Foster (D- Naperville, IL) has done it! For a long time we have been hearing about Rep. Foster’s amazing concern and understanding of a great need for opioid abuse education and overdose prevention. Read about it here: …Read more
“People typically do more research when shopping for a new car than when seeking treatment for addiction.”
Addiction – to anything – can be a very confusing disease to grasp even for those who are suffering from it. When the active user or their loved ones are discovering what addiction is and learning to accept its presence …Read more
Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart Dishes on All Things Drugs at TEDMED 2014
We all have heroes! One of ours is Dr. Carl Hart professor of psychiatry and psychology at Columbia University. Dr. Hart’s remarkable work has provided America with groundbreaking, up-to-date education about the biological, social, legislative, economic, and racial implications of …Read more
Overdose Awareness Day 2014: A Night to Remember
The evening of August 30, 2014 was memorable for our entire team. Since early March, we worked tirelessly to put together this evening of remembrance, hope and action. It was incredible to see it all come together and even more …Read more
Working to End Addiction Stigma One Family at a Time
A Message from Live4Lali’s Executive Director, Chelsea Laliberte:Read more