ALTON — Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons will discuss the dangers of heroin with students at Alton Middle School on Thursday in two school assemblies.
He will be joined by Coroner Steve Nonn and his chief investigator, Kelly Rogers; Dr. Kari Karidis, an assistant principal at Collinsville High School; and Troy Police Officer Chris Coyne, who has served as a D.A.R.E. officer for approximately 17 years.
The first presentation, beginning at 9 a.m., is scheduled for eighth-grade students. The second, for seventh-grade students, is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.
There were 44 confirmed heroin overdose deaths in 2015. Gibbons, Nonn and other law enforcement officials in the region continue to be outspoken in their efforts to raise awareness about the risk and threat of heroin to Metro East communities. They have spoken to thousands of students as part of that effort and will continue their efforts during the next school year.