Local leaders are teaming up to host an awareness summit on the use of heroin amongst teens and young adults in the Winnebago County area.
A panel discussion will be held on Wednesday, January 22 at 6:00 p.m. in the Harlem High School auditorium. The panel will include Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato, Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia, representatives from the Loves Park Police Department and Rosecrance Behavioral Health, and Kathie Kane-Willis of Roosevelt University.
The different aspects of local heroin use will be discussed along with prevention education, treatment, law enforcement response, and trends associated with local deaths.
"If the totals for traffic fatalities and homicides in Winnebago County were combined they still do not total the number of deaths from heroin, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs," Fiduccia said. "We must be more aware of the tragedies this epidemic is causing to so many families in our community. No child, while growing up, ever talked or wanted to become a drug addict."
Harlem High School is located at 1 Huskie Circle in Machesney Park. The event is free and open to the public.
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