Heroin Epidemic in Glenview? Drug Forum Tonight
Spurred by a local mother who fears teen heroin addiction has become an increasing issue in the village, ‘Learn About Heroin in our Community’ is scheduled for 7 p.m., Aug. 14 at the Glenview Public Library.
It’s no secret that teen heroin use has become an epidemic across the country, but it’s a topic rarely discussed in Chicago’s affluent North Shore.
“Kids are not afraid of heroin these days,” explained P.J. Newberg, Glenview resident and mother to a recovering heroin addict and former Glenbrook South student in an interview with the Northbrook Star.
“People in Glenview and other suburbs don’t believe it because of the stigma attached to heroin addiction,” she told the paper.
Newberg is also a former certified drug and alcohol counselor and has made it her mission to sound the alarm on heroin use in Glenview, Northbrook and surrounding communities.
Following the overdose deaths of several area teens in the past few years, Newburg hopes to raise awareness and share information at the community drug forum.
What do you think? Is heroin use a rising issue in the Glenview community? What should be discussed at the forum? Share your thoughts in the comments section below or sound off on Facebook.
To read more about Newburg, her daughter’s struggle with heroin and how she’s working to help others in the community, click here.