Heroin Use Task Force to meet in O'Fallon

News-DemocratApril 27, 2014 

The Illinois Legislature's bipartisan Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force will meet for a scheduled final time on Monday in O'Fallon.

The panel, which has conducted statewide hearings since late February, is expected to hear from a number of representatives from local law enforcement and organizations that work in the field of drug abuse and addiction. A recreational drug of choice in the 1970s, heroin has re-emerged as a modern day scourge, far more potent and dangerous than its generational forerunner.

The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the O'Fallon Township High School Auditorium, located at 600 S. Smiley St. in O'Fallon.

"The Task Force was created not just to hear about the problem but to find answers," Sen. Kyle McCarter said. "I hope the hearings lead to practical policies that get people the help they need so they can recover and become productive citizens but the bottom line is to save lives."

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