Volume VI, Issue II - August 2012

From:  Theodora Binion, Director
Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse


It is with great pleasure I share with you that Lillian Pickup of DASA will be honored for her years of dedication in the field of substance abuse especially for her contributions to helping to stop overdose deaths.

I quote directly from the correspondence Lillian received from Ms. Kathie Kane-Willis, Director, Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, Interim Director, Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Roosevelt University, "For many years, you have been tirelessly working to move the state towards harm reduction models of care and advocating for overdose prevention and naloxone distribution as a state priority. You work with many legislators and policymakers, shaping opinion and expanding possibilities beyond what has been done before. Your work is essential in turning the tide on the increasing numbers of accidental overdose in Illinois, the leading cause of accidental death in Illinois and across the nation. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to honor those individuals and organizations who have truly made a difference in promoting public health and reducing overdose deaths. We hope, because of your work, that we can reach the goal of having no fatal overdoses by the year 2022."

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day, on Friday, August 31st, Roosevelt University will present Lillian Pickup with the "Saving Lives" Prevention Award, August 31, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at Roosevelt University, 430 South Michigan Avenue, Second Floor, Sullivan Lounge, Chicago, Illinois.

On behalf of the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, I congratulate Lillian on her achievement and commend her continued dedication to the substance abuse field.