EDWARDSVILLE — The next public meeting of the Madison County Heroin Task Force will feature two speakers who will discuss how heroin addiction has affected their families.
State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons and Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz announced the task force’s formation in February to study the effectiveness of past efforts to fight the problem, assess the current status of the problem in the county and develop a plan to reduce addiction and save lives. This followed a string of heroin overdose deaths and the county’s continuing heroin epidemic.
Speakers at previous meetings have included ones by Coroner Steve Nonn, who discussed his office’s experience dealing with the devastating results of heroin and opiate addiction; Michael Shah of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who provided up-to-date information on elements of the heroin problem internationally, nationally and locally; Chestnut Health Systems’ Julie Brugger who discussed drug trends and recovery; and WellSpring Resources’ Jessica Park and Kelly Medlin, who talked about methadone treatment.
The meeting will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13, in the County Board Room of the Madison County Administration Building, 157 N. Main St., Edwardsville.
Gibbons also will speak at a youth substance abuse prevention meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Bella Milano Restaurant, 1063 South State Route 157, Edwardsville.
Gibbons will speak at a meeting sponsored by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), a youth substance abuse prevention coalition that serves the Edwardsville School District, including Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Worden, Dorsey, Midway, Moro and Prairietown.
The group has invited area pastors, youth ministers and others involved in church organizations to the meeting to strategize solutions for dealing with youth substance abuse. Gibbons will be one of several speakers at the event and will speak about the current issue of substance abuse in Madison County.
ASAP says it hopes the meeting will foster new ideas and approaches while encouraging more cooperation among organizations.
Anyone affiliated with the faith community is welcome to attend but should notify Cheryl Caribardi-Wilson at email@example.com.