Lake County Board membersLinda Pedersen(District 1) andTom Weber(District 3), in participation with States AttorneyMike Nerheim, presented a panel discussion on Heroin and Opioid Awareness. The two hour forum included panel members Dr. Adam Rubinstein,Bruce Johnson, Lake Villa Police ChiefCraig Somerville,Steve Lunardi Jr.,Kevin Kaminski, andTerri Bartlett.
Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim who is the Co-founder of theLake County Opioid Initiative(LCOI) moderated the forum. The panel members spoke for about and hour and then answered questions submitted by the audience for an additional 45 minutes before making their closing remarks.
The LCOI was co-founded by State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim, Chelsea Laliberte who is Executive Director of Live4Lali, Bruce Johnson who is Chief Executive Officer of NICASA Behavioral Health Services, Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko who is also the Commander of the Lake County Major Crimes Taskforce, Kathleen Kane-Willis who is Director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University, and Stephanie Schmitz-Bechteler.
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