Heroin Public Hearing Focuses on “Raging Epidemic”

Kevin Killeen @KMOXKilleen

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – The region’s heroin epidemic is the subject of a public hearing in Edwardswille.

The Madison County Sheriff has said he can’t arrest his way out of the problem, and Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons calls it a “raging epidemic” in our community.

“This is truly a public health epidemic and I think as that information gets out to the public, we’re hoping the public will get behind our effort and encourage lawmakers to apply resources. This is a problem that’s not going away,” says Gibbons. “We want to get a total picture of what’s going on. What is the face of opium and heroin addiction in our community? And what from that information can we glean that will teach us things that will help us deal with this problem.”

Last week local law enforcement met with drug counselors behind closed doors. The public is invited to comment in an open hearing on heroin in the Madison County Board room at 1 PM on Friday.

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