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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

State’s Attorney Berlin to Take Part in U.S. Representative Judy Biggert’s Heroin Education & Prevention Forum

On Monday, July 16, DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin will join law enforcement and health care professionals at a Heroin Education and Prevention Forum sponsored by U.S. Representative Judy Biggert. The Forum, which is open to the public, will be held from 7-9 p.m. at North Central College Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville.  

“According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2011, more than 90,000 people over the age of twelve tried heroin for the first time,” Berlin said. “It would be incredibly naïve of us to think that none of those 90,000 first-time users live in our communities. The truth is, heroin doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t recognize geographical, social or economic boundaries. It claims men and women alike as its victims. That’s why forums such as this are so important. We need to educate not only our children, but ourselves as well, about the devastating effects heroin use has on our bodies, our families and our communities. Only through education can we prevent our children from becoming one of those 90,000 first-time users.” 

Joining Berlin at the Forum, which will feature presentations and a panel discussion, will be representatives from the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Robert Crown Center for Health Education and the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction at Rush University Medical Center. In addition, John Roberts, the founder of Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO) who lost his son to a heroin overdose, will be a presenter at the forum. 

“I would like to thank Representative Biggert for hosting this Forum and for shining a light on the problem of increased heroin use among teenagers,” Berlin added. “We have needlessly lost far too many lives to heroin. Hopefully, with forums such as this, we will be able to educate the public about this incredibly dangerous drug and begin the difficult task of reducing the number of first-time users one person at a time.”