Congressman Dold to Introduce Federal Legislation to Combat Heroin Epidemic in Memory of Local Overdose Victim

  • Lali’s Law Named In Memory of Former Buffalo Grove Resident, Stevenson High School Graduate Alex Laliberte
  • Laliberte Family will Join Lawmakers, Local Leaders to Announce Bill to Increase Naloxone Access

Fiscal Presser

U.S. Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10) will introduce new, bipartisan legislation—Lali’s Law—that will increase access to the life-saving antidote naloxone throughout the United States.

Heroin deaths have doubled in the United States in less than a decade. The drug now takes a life every three days in Chicago’s collar counties and takes more than one life every day in Cook County. Naloxone, however, has proven to be hugely successful as a life-saving antidote. In Lake County, Ill. more than 55 lives have been saved with naloxone since a new program developed by the Lake County Opioid Initiative was introduced equipping first responders with the overdose antidote. With increased access, the World Health Organization predicts naloxone could save another 20,000 lives every year.

Lali’s Law is named after Alex Laliberte, a Buffalo Grove, Ill. resident and Stevenson High School graduate, who passed away seven years ago from a heroin overdose. Laliberte’s family, who has since founded substance use and overdose awareness and advocacy organization Live4Lali, will join Rep. Dold at the announcement to share Laliberte’s story and perform a naloxone demonstration.

 

 

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