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Kathie Kane-Willis

Director, Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, Roosevelt University
Kathie Kane-Willis is the co-founder and director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, a research and policy institute housed at Roosevelt University. Kane-Willis, a former heroin user, researched the trend in the increase in heroin use since 2004. Her work focuses on promoting health-based solutions to drug use, ensuring that individuals with substance use disorders are restored to useful citizenship, including the removal of barriers related to employment, education, housing and healthcare. Kane-Willis has worked extensively toward harm reduction policy solutions to the heroin and opioid crisis, including Good Samaritan immunity laws and naloxone access laws in the Midwest.