Do You Think Glenview Has a Growing Problem with Heroin Addiction?
A packed room of concerned parents attended a drug forum hosted Tuesday. Organized by a Glenview mother of a recovering addict, the community discussion shined light on rising use of the deadly drug among local teens. Here, share your opinion in our poll.
Paula Nixon, a recovering heroin addict, and her mother, a former drug counselor, hosted a forum Tuesday night to promote awareness of the rise in drug addiction in the community.
“When I was a sophomore in high school [at Glenbrook South] I was going to school drunk every day, smoking weed all the time and once that high wasn’t good enough, next thing I knew, I was doing heroin," Nixon said. "Then I began mixing the drugs. I’m lucky to be alive.”
Other parents, including a retired Chicago police captain, who lost his son to an overdose, shared their own stories and spoke to the horrors of heroin addiction.
“This is a community problem,” the parent, John Roberts, said. “It is a disease and it is spreading.”
Glenview's new Deputy Chief Stefan Johnson was also on hand to address the crowd: "It is not an epidemic, but there is a problem," he shared.
Readers sounded off in the comments and on Facebook, expressing appreciation for the forum.
"Great forum," one Patch reader, Thomas, wrote in the comments section. "WE need to stand up for whats right. The schools and town need to admit this is bigger then what it is. PR and looks don't save lives. Saying that there really is no problem and it was just a few bad apples is wrong! We as tax-payers expect more. When is the next forum?"
So, Patch wants to know, what do you think? Is heroin addiction among local teens on the rise in Glenview and surrounding suburbs? Vote in our poll above to share your opinion.