The City of Elmhurst’s Commission on Youth sponsored a community education forum, “The New Face of Heroin, It’s Not What You Think
,” on Monday, November 10.
About 150 people turned out to hear featured speakers DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen, along with Matt Quinn, MA, LCPC, CADC, of the new Elmhurst Hospital Adolescent Mental Health Outpatient Program and Corey Worden, MA, LCPC, CADC, of Linden Oaks at Edward.
They learned what’s driving the heroin epidemic and what to do about it. Discussion focused on:
- The production, distribution and demographics of heroin use and abuse in DuPage County
- The physiology, short- and long-term effects of heroin addiction
- Narcan treatment protocols and how they have saved lives
- What lies beneath this growing problem - a substance abuse epidemic
- Practical things that YOU can do - tips, ideas, resources for help
, as well as facts and guidelines for parents compiled by Mr. Worden and Mr. Quinn
, are available.
One practical and important take-away was that it is critical to properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Proper disposal of these medicines is crucial in the battle against prescription drug abuse and contamination of municipal water supplies. The Elmhurst Police Department has a drop box located in the lobby of the station, 125 E. First Street.