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Will County Officials Hold Heroin Abuse Forum Tonight at Plainfield North

The event is open to the public and will include a recovering addict's first-hand account of addiction.

The growing problem of heroin use and drug overdose deaths in the community will be discussed in a public forum being held Wednesday night at .

The free program is being conducted by Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow and County Executive Larry Walsh. It's open to all residents, parents and students and will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school auditorium.

Glasgow and Walsh will be joined by John Roberts from the HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) and a recovering heroin addict, who will address the audience, according to a news release issued on the event. Each will also share personal stories about recent heroin-related situations in the area.

The forum will feature breakout sessions for parents to talk to the experts, and for students to talk to the recovering addict, the release said.

Representatives of the Joliet Elk's Lodge No. 296 will provide resource materials and information about their own drug awareness program for attendees.

The event comes on the heels of a daylong April 13 event being held by Will County and HERO organization being held at Lewis University in Romeoville. Click for more information on that event.

For more information on the Plainfield North program, contact Julie Adelmann at 815-609-8506 or jadelman@psd202.org.

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Zaney April 25, 2012 at 11:17 AM
It's only a matter of time before one of our own District 202 children die from a heroin overdose. I hope every parent takes two hours out of their evening tonight to attend this forum.
jeff April 25, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Zaney is right! Parents need to get the education on what's going on out there. Too many parents lose their kids because of the "not my kid" attitude. Hopefully home drug testing will be discussed tonight.
Sheila Raddatz April 25, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I saw home test kits at the dollar store for certain drugs, I am not certain if it detected heroin. I couldn't believe that help is readily available on the shelves like that. Interesting....
Tammy April 25, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Zaney, are you kidding. It already has happened.......heroin is in Plainfield and YES, they have overdosed and died from this horrible drug. Parents need to open their eyes and realize its here and has been for years.
jeff April 26, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Beware of those dollar store kits Sheila. Very inconsistent, and their cutoff levels are high. They might only detect a full blown heroin user. Make sure your product is FDA approved for OTC sales. There's only 3 or 4 brands.

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