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Community Invited to Overdose Awareness Day

Mayor Steve Lentz and Police Chief Eric Guenther have been invited to speak at Overdose Awareness Day-an event dedicated to awareness, prevention, and remembrance in regards to the opioid crisis gripping communities nationwide. The free public event will be held on August 27 beginning at Noon at New Hope Christian Fellowship, 1401 S. Lake St.

In addition to Mayor Lentz and Chief Guenther, Congressman Brad Schneider and Lake County State’s Attorney Mike Nerheim also will speak at the event. A candlelight vigil and serenity prayer will follow the speakers and training on how to use Naloxone will take place.

Chief Guenther will provide details on the "A Way Out" program—a program, designed to fast-track users to substance abuse programs and services. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at participating police departments across Lake County. The program ensures that no criminal charges will be sought for those who may be in possession of narcotics or paraphernalia, as long as assistance is sought out by the prospective program. To date, the “A Way Out” program has processed 171 people and 160 are in various stages of recovery over the past 12 months.

The public is encouraged to attend this eye-opening community event.

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