EDWARDSVILLE — Families can learn about addiction intervention at the next public meeting of the Madison County Heroin Task Force at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 25.
Rebecca Mowen, a board-registered interventionist and certified alcohol and drug counselor, will discuss how interventions can be an option for families dealing with heroin addiction. Jared Opsal, public wareness specialist and coordinator of the Curiosity+Heroin campaign for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, will discuss what his organization has done in implementing a public awareness campaign in St. Louis.
Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons and Madison County Sheriff Bob Hertz announced the formation of the Task Force in February to study the effectiveness of past efforts to fight the problem, assess the current status of the problem and develop a plan of action to help reduce addiction and save lives. This followed a string of recent heroin overdose deaths and the continuing epidemic of heroin addiction in Madison County.
Previous meetings have featured 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 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 presented on methadone treatment. Earlier this month, two parents shared their experiences of dealing with their children, who were heroin addicts.