Washington, DC – Today, the Addiction Policy Forum announces the newest state chapter in Illinois. Laura Fry, Chelsea Laliberte and Chris Reed are the Addiction Policy Forum Illinois State Chapter co-chairs and will lead efforts and guide the eight-point plan in Illinois to help individuals and families impacted by addiction.
“Deaths from drug overdoses in Illinois continue to rise, so today the Addiction Policy Forum launched the Illinois State Chapter to help families who are suffering connect with much needed comprehensive resources,” said Jessica Hulsey Nickel CEO and president of the Addiction Policy Forum. “We are thrilled to have Laura Fry, Chelsea Laliberte and Chris Reed lead our mission in the Illinois chapter so we can re-envision how we support patients and families impacted by addiction.”
Addiction Policy Forum Illinois State Chapter co-chair Laura Fry joins the chapter with a background in emergency medicine. Laura began her advocacy work when substance use disorder entered her family. With her son in remission, she understands the impacts addiction has on families and now mentors families and individuals impacted by substance use disorder. "Outreach is incredibly important, and we look forward to making great strides in Illinois communities to spread awareness, eliminate stigma and provide individuals with substance use disorder and their families with comprehensive resources,” Laura says.
Chelsea Laliberte, co-chair of the Addiction Policy Forum Illinois State Chapter, joins as a leading expert on advocacy regarding the opioid crisis, overdose prevention and substance use. Chelsea’s passion began when her brother passed from an overdose in 2008. Along with her parents, Chelsea developed Live4Lali, which has a mission to prevent and raise awareness of substance use. "I am excited to help lead targeted efforts in Illinois communities to ensure that people with substance use disorder and their families are provided with the support and resources they need,” Chelsea says.
Chris Reed joins the Addiction Policy Forum Illinois State Chapter co-chair as a person in long-term recovery and with years of experience working in the addiction recovery field. Motivated by his journey, in 2014 Chris launched the non-profit New Directions Addiction Recovery Service to create a sober environment in which community members can socialize. Chris says, "I look forward to creating a sense of community in Illinois for those struggling with substance use disorder and their families. Through education and providing resources, we hope to make a difference and achieve Addiction Policy Forum's mission in Illinois to lose fewer lives and extend help to those who need it."
In conjunction with the creation of the Addiction Policy Forum Illinois State Chapter, the Illinois treatment database is now available on the Addiction Resource Center (ARC) website. Loved ones and family members concerned about substance use can now use the ARC website to find resources and treatment facilities specific to their Illinois community.