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Halikias: Community Coalition equals a pound of prevention

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 2:59 p.m. CDT
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Shannon Halikias

There is an active Community Coalition going on, and one that combines the efforts of multiple organizations throughout Lisle with a common theme: keep our local community – especially our children – away from the rising threat of heroin and other narcotics.

Last year, 46 people died from heroin use in DuPage County, the Coroner’s Office reported. And for every death, officials say there is a larger number of users.    

Back in September 2012 at Lisle Village Hall, the Community Coalition first hosted an informative presentation about making healthy choices to prevent drug abuse, and surveyed the local community to gather more information.

Comprised of representatives from Lisle Police, Lisle Park District, the Lisle Library, Fire Department, School District 202, as well as Lisle Teens with Character, this coalition has met several times to discuss current information and formulate prevention strategies together. 

Its mission is to increase awareness and reinforce the positive lifestyles the huge majority of teenagers engage in, and to offer support and assistance to those who are not making healthy choices in regard to substance abuse.  

The next step for the coalition is to now build public awareness around heroin and drug use. Collectively, we will be launching a Facebook page this spring in order to share information quickly and efficiently for Lisle residents. Each organization will be able to post articles, resources, links and content that can be of great value to our residents. 

More information about heroin usage may be viewed at a new website to promote information in DuPage County:  www.heroindupage.com. Recent news articles have highlighted the growing problem, and local efforts on a community as well as county level have gained traction.   

To learn about the coalition, contact Karen Gordon at kgordon@lisle202.org, Director of Student Services for Lisle Community School District 202.

As one of the committed institutions of the coalition, the Lisle Library District is proud to serve as a member to strengthen the resources, information, and efforts to prevent drugs abuse.  

Shannon Halikias is the director of the Lisle Public Library.

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