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DuPage County to host Heroin Prevention Forum Jan. 23

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 2:55 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 2:59 p.m. CDT

DuPage County will continue its effort to raise awareness about the dangers of heroin use and the resources available to fight the spread of addiction at a Heroin Prevention Forum on Jan. 23, according to a DuPage County news release.

The forum will be led by the DuPage Coalition Against Heroin, a group founded by the county board, the health department, State's Attorney Robert Berlin, Coroner Rich Jorgensen and other government agencies, the release said.

The session will include comments from County Board Chairman Dan Cronin and board member Grant Eckhoff, as well as information about heroin, its impact on the community and local prevention resources, according to the release.

"Heroin is destroying our families, as the addiction not only affects the users, but also their family, friends and community," Eckhoff said in the release.

The county board allocated $100,000 in its 2014 budget to fund the campaign in response to the 45 heroin deaths in DuPage County last year.

As a part of the ongoing education effort, the coalition will also launch a website and a social media campaign this week, the release said.

The forum will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the DuPage County Administrative Building Auditorium, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton, according to the release.

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