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DuPage coalition launches website, social media blitz against growing heroin problem

<p>| Courtesy DuPage Coalition Against Heroin&nbsp;</p>

| Courtesy DuPage Coalition Against Heroin 

The DuPage Coalition Against Heroin recently launched a website and corresponding social media campaign to provide timely information and valuable resources to combat this growing problem.

“As we continue to fight this dangerous drug, we hope the new website and social media campaign will serve as an online community where residents can easily learn the facts and decide what next steps are appropriate for their situation,” said Grant Eckhoff, member of the coalition and chairman of the DuPage County Judicial and Public Safety Committee.

The coalition launched heroindupage.org, a website that provides a variety of heroin facts and local resources, such as the drug’s effects on the user, family and community, warning signs for parents to consider, local treatment options and support for the addict and family members.

“While there are hundreds of websites that provide a variety of information about heroin, the heroindupage.org site has localized the issue,” said Jeff York, DuPage County public defender. “The site not only includes warning signs to look for if you suspect a loved one is using heroin, but it also serves as a database to easily locate local treatment options and support groups.”

The coalition has also launched a Facebook page, facebook.com/heroindupage, and Twitter feed, twitter.com/heroindupage. The Facebook page will spark an exchange of ideas about how community members can help reduce the prevalence of heroin throughout the county, while the Twitter feed will share information about heroin abuse and organizations collaborating in the effort.

The DuPage Coalition Against Heroin was formed to raise awareness and educate the public about the heroin epidemic DuPage County is facing. In 2013, there were 46 heroin overdose deaths in DuPage County. The County Board has allocated $100,000 for this collaborative prevention campaign.

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