Naperville works toward solving growing heroin problem

Heroin use remains a growing problem among Illinois high school students, with kids as young as eighth grade using the drug.

A legislative task force studying the issue reports that heroin-related deaths in DuPage County increased from 26 to 42 between 2011 and 2012. NBC Chicago reports on the recent attempts in Naperville to reign in the epidemic:

In Naperville, which sits in DuPage County and has been hard hit by the heroin epidemic, police have positioned 11 collection boxes for residents to safely dispose of their unused prescription drugs.

“We are trying to make it easier for residents to turn in these prescription drugs that end up hang around in medicine cabinets,” said police chief Robert Marshall.

For the past two years, Marshall and residents have been trying to come to grips with a problem few saw coming.

[Read the full story at NBC Chicago]

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