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Letter: Resident glad to see county action on heroin crisis

Published: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013 12:05 p.m. CST

To the Editor:

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013 I attended the DuPage County Judicial Public Safety Committee meeting. It was attended by DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin and the head of the Public Defender's Office, Jeff York.

They were there to address the committee on the heroin overdose death problem in DuPage, after an alarming increase of such deaths was reported to the County Board by DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen. 78 deaths in the past 21 months were reported by Berlin, who referred to them as an epidemic.

Over the past ten years, heroin use in DuPage has been a growing problem referred to by the media as the “hidden scourge.” I'm happy to say that DuPage officials are now preparing to mobilize their resources to educate the public about the dangerous effects of heroin use and help those who are ready to fight their addiction. Initially, $50,000 will be allocated to start this endeavor.

It's sad that it took this long for county officials to reach this decision. How many lives could have been saved if they had taken this problem seriously in the first place? But the day of reckoning has finally come. Hallelujah.

Paula McGowen

Glen Ellyn

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