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…Kirk invited Mark Filler, of Highland Park, who founded the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation after losing his 23-year-old son Jordan to a heroin overdose, to attend the address as his guest.
“Mark is a reminder that no family is safe from the heroin epidemic taking lives across the country," Kirk said in a press statement. "Programs like the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation and my Anti-Heroin Task Force are shining a light on drug abuse and the life-saving drug naloxone, so we can prevent more families from losing a child."
WRSP – Lawmakers On Capitol Hill React To President's State Of The Union Address – by Lindsey Hess
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are reacting to President Obama's State of the Union address. There's mixed reaction coming from both republicans and democrats.
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) released the following statement:
Senator Kirk invited Mark Filler of Highland Park, who founded the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation after losing his 23-year-old son Jordan to a heroin overdose, to attend the address as his guest.
"My guest tonight was Mark Filler of Highland Park, who lost his son Jordan to a heroin overdose two years ago today. Mark is a reminder that no family is safe from the heroin epidemic taking lives across the country. Programs like the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation and my Anti-Heroin Task Force are shining a light on drug abuse and the life-saving drug naloxone so we can prevent more families from losing a child.
Highland Park Patch – Kirk's State of the Union Guest Will Be Highland Park Man – by Tim Moran
A Highland Park man will be U.S. Senator Mark Kirk’s invited guest during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.
National Pain Report – Will Opioids Be Part of Obama’s State of the Union Address?
The topic of opioids, particularly as they relate to addiction and overdose (as opposed to treatment of chronic pain) has inserted itself in the fast-moving madness of politics.
… Sen. Mark Kirk (R-ILL) has invited Mark Filler, who lost is son to a heroin overdose in 2014, and is an advocate for increasing access to naloxone. Filler started the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation, which promotes the message that substance abuse is a medical disease that should be treated accordingly.
Mark Filler will be in Washington because he was invited by GOP senator Mark Kirk.
senator mark kirk plans to bring mark filler of highland park. filler lost his son jordan to a heroin overdose at 23. he wants entire country to see more to prevent other families from experiencing what he did. he hopes his attendance at state of union will do that.
Tribune – Local guests bring anti-drug, poverty message to State of the Union – by Karen Berkowitz
Highland Park father who lost his 23-year-old son to a heroin overdose two years ago has been invited to attend President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday as the invited guest of U.S.Sen. Mark Kirk.
Mark Filler has been working to prevent heroin deaths since his son, Jordan, overdosed in January 2014 after an eight-year battle with drug addiction.
… Filler said he met with Kirk last year in Washington, D.C., and discovered the senator was working to make naloxone more readily available to prevent heroin deaths. Naloxone, also known by the name narcan and the brand name Evzio, quickly reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.
Filler, who planned a two-day trip around the State of the Union speech, is scheduled to make appearances with Kirk to call attention to the epidemic of heroin-related deaths in the Chicago suburbs.
"The statistics are showing this problem is getting worse," Filler said Monday. "It is a huge, huge killer."
Kirk's press secretary, Britt Logan, said the senator also plans to call attention to a 2016 appropriations bill that increased funding for opioid overdose prevention. Logan said the $70 million appropriation represents a $38 million increase.
Kirk has asked the Food and Drug Administration to fast-track the approval of a nasal-spray form of naloxone that is less expensive and easier for first responders without medical training to administer, Logan said.
In a letter to the FDA, Kirk pointed out that if current trends continue, more than 1,000 residents of Chicago's suburbs could die from an opioid overdose during a more typical eight-year FDA approval process. Kirk also has advocated for medication-assisted therapy to treat opioid abuse and curb the side effects of withdrawal.
Daily Herald – Who will join suburban legislators for State of Union Address – by Mary Hansen
Mark and Julie Filler of Highland Park lost their 23-year-old son, Jordan, to a heroin overdose two years ago Tuesday. The experience transformed them into anti-heroin advocates.
… Mark Filler will attend President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday as a guest of Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk. Through the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation, the family supports education and treatment programs on the North Shore.
WBBM – Chicago-Area Residents to Attend Obama's State of the Union – by Mary Ann Ahern
Two Chicago-area residents will be watching President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address Tuesday as guests of local politicians.
Mark Filler will attend the speech as Sen. Mark Kirk’s guest and Loretta Coleman will be Congressman Tammy Duckworth’s guest.
Peoria Journal Star – Be our guest: Area lawmakers announce State of the Union guests
Military service members and anti-heroin advocates will serve as guests for Peoria's two members of Congress and Illinois' two senators at the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.
… U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk will host Mark Filler of Highland Park. Filler's son Jordan died of a heroin overdose in 2014, causing the family to start a foundation in his name to work with local schools and communities.
WBBM – Local Congress Members Make Statements With State Of The Union Guest Selections – by Craig Dellimore
Local Congress members seem to be trying to make statements in their selections of guests for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday evening. In many cases, they are saying “Thank you”….and more, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.
… Senator Mark Kirk, also a Republican, is honoring the work of Mark Filler, who created a foundation to help prevent other young people from falling prey to heroin as his late son did. He’ll be at the Capitol too.
… Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth who’s running for Kirk’s senate seat has invited Loretta Coleman, manager of a VA food Pantry as her guest.