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Heroin Epidemic in the North Shore? Drug Forum Tonight

Spurred by a local mother who fears teen heroin addiction has become an increasing issue in the area, ‘Learn About Heroin in our Community’ is scheduled for 7 p.m., Aug. 14 at the Glenview Public Library.

Teen heroin use might be a topic folks in the North Shore might shy away from. Perhaps even dismiss. But it's the subject of a discussion titled ‘Learn About Heroin in our Community,' scheduled tonight at 7 p.m., at the . 

“Kids are not afraid of heroin these days,” explained P.J. Newberg, Glenview resident and mother to a recovering heroin addict and former student in an interview with the Northbrook Star.

“People in Glenview and other suburbs don’t believe it because of the stigma attached to heroin addiction,” she told the paper.

Newberg is also a former certified drug and alcohol counselor and has made it her mission to sound the alarm on heroin use in Glenview, Northbrook and surrounding communities.

Following the overdose deaths of several area teens in the past few years, Newburg hopes to raise awareness and share information at the community drug forum. 

Representatives from the  will also attend the forum.

What do you think? Is heroin use a rising issue in the Northbrook community? What should be discussed at the forum? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or sound off on Facebook.

To read more about Newburg, her daughter’s struggle with heroin and how she’s working to help others in the community, click here.  

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