Board approves grant funding to educate youth on dangers of heroin
Federal grant money to be spent in Lincoln-Way and Wilmington schools
“Part of the solution to ending the heroin epidemic is educating kids early on about how real and serious this issue has become in our community," said board member Ragan Freitag (R-Wilmington). "I've seen firsthand the consequences of heroin overdoses when a good friend died during my first year of practicing law. This devastates families and destroys lives, and as elected officials, we need to do all we can to stop it."
"I believe it's important to partner and work with our local school districts to provide resources and as much education as possible about the dangers of heroin use," said board member Ray Tuminello (R-New Lenox). "I look forward to seeing this program begin in more schools throughout Will County, as it's an important step in fighting back against the epidemic."
The CDC has reported more people died from drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2014 than during any previous year on record, and heroin deaths have more than tripled over the past four years. Outside of Cook County, Will County had more deaths from heroin in 2015 than any other Illinois county and experienced an estimated 50 percent increase compared to 2014. Of the 53 victims, 19 were 30 years old or younger.