At 10 a.m. Monday, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville) will host a discussion on heroin abuse in the community at Yellow Box Christian Community Church, 1635 Emerson Lane in Naperville.
The discussion will be focused on naloxone, a drug used to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses.
Participating organizations and individuals will include:
Yellow Box Community Christian Church, which is actively involved in spreading the prevention message to youth in the congregation and throughout the community.
DuPage County Health Department, through a pilot program created in part by the department, the DuPage Narcan Project has trained 1,100 sworn officers in law enforcement agencies serving DuPage counties to carry Naloxone. For more on this, see story on Page 16.
Gateway Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides drug rehabilitation services that will offer a perspective on addiction treatment and counseling.
DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group, a county-wide management entity linking local, county, state, and federal police agencies to pro-actively combat illicit drug trafficking in DuPage County.
Denise Crosby, a Sun-Times Media journalist whose columns appear in the Naperville Sun, who will share passionate insights surrounding the heroin epidemic in and around the area.
Karen Hanneman, a mother who lost her son, Justin Tokar, to a heroin overdose, who now advocates for and provides support to those suffering from substance abuse and to their families.