Heroin Awareness Meeting

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Orland Fire District will be hosting a meeting to help parents respond to a growing heroin threat. Like many suburban communities, the Orland Fire Protection District is seeing an increase in heroin use by young people. In response, the OFPD will host a community-wide meeting with parents and their children on July 15th to discuss the problem and solutions parents can use. The purpose is not only to educate parents so they can raise awareness of the problem involving their children but to also stimulate a community-wide dialogue to help educate young people about the risks of drugs and especially heroin usage, but also other substance abuse problems including alcohol.

Guest speakers will include…

– Michael Schofield (Carl Sandburg Graduate & 2014 3rd Round Draft pick to NFL Broncos)
– Kendall Coyne (Silver Medalist for the US Women’s Hockey Team)
– Patrick Brucki (Carl Sandburg Sophomore & Student Athlete Standout)

Program speakers include Brian Kirk, a founder of HERO Foundation and Tami Obrien from AAIM. Battalion Chief Michael Schofield, who is helping to coordinate the project, said the region’s heroin problems have become epidemic. “Our area recently has seen the reemergence of heroin — but this time around it is more pure and potent than was many years ago. Heroin is a cheap, highly addictive drug and has no clinical or medical use,” Schofield said. “As the use of this drug increases, so does the impact in our communities. It brings devastation to families, an increase in crime (to fund the addiction), the loss of innocence, a lifelong prison of addiction and, in the most extreme cases, death.”

The program begins promptly at 6:00PM on Tuesday, July 15th, at the Orland Fire Protection District’s Administration Headquarters (9790 W. 151st Street, Orland Park, Illinois 60462).