Wilmington officers receive training, others encouraged to participate
“Heroin usage is a very serious issue affecting numerous Will County communities and devastating lives,” said board member Ragan Freitag (R-Wilmington). “We must do all we can to fight back and coordinate efforts to support our law enforcement agencies, and the recent training of police officers in my hometown of Wilmington is a fine example. We encourage all departments across the county to receive this training and equip officers to save lives.”
“Will County has the resources and manpower to turn the tide of this epidemic,” said Freitag. “I applaud those working hard on a daily basis to raise awareness and help those struggling with addiction.”
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 the most deaths from heroin in 2015 than any other Illinois county and experienced an estimated 50 percent increase compared to 2014.