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Heroin Use is Up in Will County

Will County law enforcement members have seen a shift from cocaine use to heroin use over the last three years.

James Glasgow had a message to share Monday night in Channahon. He wanted to spread the word that use of heroin has reached epidemic levels and that parents need to be hypervigilent to stop it.

“Our kids can pick up a hit of heroin for less than the price of a movie ticket,” he told members Monday night. “We’ve got to get the message out to the parents in the community at the grass roots level; you can't be asleep at the wheel.”

Glasgow said that about three years ago, those involved in law enforcement saw a shift from the use of cocaine to heroin. Although both are terrible for the community, the chance of overdose is much higher with heroin use.

“We’re on a pace for 60 fatal overdoses for Will County this year if we don’t do something.,” he said. “This is something we’ve never experienced before.

"(With) cocaine, you almost never saw an overdose.”

Glasgow said part of the reason that heroin use is on the rise is the sheer volume of it that is available. And, the use of it has become more socially acceptable as the purity of the drug has increased and it no longer necessary to use a needle to take heroin.

“It’s so pure that it can be smoked or snorted,” he said. “It’s becoming acceptable in the teenage culture right now.”

said the information has to reach residents and that they must realize that heroin use is rising in all areas of Will County. No community is immune.

“Sometimes I think people in communities like ours think the heroin issue isn’t an issue here that it’s an inner city issue and it’s not,” Cook said. “This isn’t just an urban problem.”

In fact, on March 14, Channahon Police on charges of possession with intent to deliver heroin.

Glasgow said of the 30 overdoses last year, three were in Naperville.

Glasgow said he likes to create solutions in Will County that other areas can copy. To that end, the  will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on April  13 at Lewis University in Romeoville.

Amber March 24, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Yes maybe the kids would have more compassion. I will admit I do not have it for drug addicts! I did try to help several friends who were drug addicts and all I heard were excuses as to why they started and why they claimed they couldn't stop or why they relapsed. And that is what they were excuses not valid reasons. I've helped bail them out of jail, helped them go to court, spent hours helping them research how to get their records expunged, watched as their parents had to file for bankruptcy because of them, and then they had the nerve to whine and act like spoiled brats because we wouldn't co-sign for a car, or buy them a cell phone, or pay for whatever non essential crap they wanted not needed! 2 friends turned around and stole from me/us after all we did do for them. So NO after dealing with all of that I refuse to care, refuse to feel sorry and refuse help them. Like I said, I will save my time, energy and money for those who do not put themselves in the situation to begin with and will be appreciative of what help and support they do get!
Laura Canniff March 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM
To Amber- Do you help cancer patients who were stupid enough to smoke at some point in their life?
Infamous Steve March 24, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Are you for real? Society rasing kids is how when end up with all these drug addicts and criminals. If anything people need to stop having kids they can't take care of and start accepting responsiblity for what they have created. Everyone has hardships in thier lives and I belive it is the norm to come from a single parent home in this day and age. People just make excuse after excuse for the things they do. YOU make the choice to become a addict. Years ago I did coke...did I turn into a addict? NO, why? Because of the simple fact I chose not to be one. At the same time I had a friend that did choose to be one. And hey what do you know he got away from it and turned his life around because he wanted too!
DAVID H MEDINA April 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I RECENTLY HEARD THAT MEXICO RESEARCHERS ARE WORKING ON A NEW TYPE OF MEDICINE THAT WILL DETER ALL TYPES OF HERION USERS.ANYONE ELSE HEARD OF THIS?
Tom SA/MH May 08, 2012 at 10:18 PM
There has been a fast, mysterious, and difficult to imagine stigma shift related to heroin use across our country. The Will County suburbs felt this stigma shift start in 2008, and it has helped lead to the rise of heroin use at such a fast rate that it has reached epidemic status. Here's a link to the overdose statistics: http://www.willcountyillinois.com/ElectedOfficials/Coroner/OverdoseStatistics/tabid/472/Default.aspx Nobody can say exactly what caused the stigma to diminish (although I do have a hypothesis). The stigma of heroin that we have (by "we" I mean people born any time before around 1988 or so) is different from that held by today’s youth (although they do know about the former stigma). Snorting heroin is now closer to the stigma that smoking marijuana had in the 80s and 90s. Although I can't find recent data to show how many school-aged children in Will county have tried heroin, the Roosevelt University study and the following study show how and why heroin is on the rise in Will county: http://southwestcoalition.org/documents/Heroin%20Project%20Summary%20of%20Findings.pdf. It is reasonable for people to don’t know about the stigma shift to think that only idiots try heroin. People must operate with the information that they have, which often is little more than the stigma we were all handed and a few second-hand experiences. For those interested in going beyond, the above articles are a great place to start.

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