EDWARDSVILLE — State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons will discuss the dangers of heroin with Roxana High School students 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 is set for 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8; the second will begin at 10:15 a.m. Both are set to last approximately two hours. Freshman and sophomores will attend one assembly while juniors and seniors will attend the other assembly. They are scheduled to take place in the school gymnasium.
There were 26 confirmed heroin overdose deaths in 2014. Madison County already has surpassed that number with 31 confirmed deaths through August 2015. Gibbons, Nonn and other law enforcement officials in the region continue to be outspoken in their effort to raise awareness about the risk and threat of heroin to Metro East communities and have spoken to thousands of students as part of that effort. The team will continue speaking to students throughout Madison County during the upcoming school year.