Heroin Prevention In Schools

The fight against heroin continues and this time DuPage County may be lending financial support.

The county’s judicial and public safety committee agreed to move forward with plans to allocate more than $67,000 towards anti-heroin education in partnership with the Robert Crown Center.

The center is a not-for-profit that specializes in childhood health education.

Because it’s a budget item, the greater county board must give final approval and if so, the money would be divided among six junior high and six high schools, not yet selected but Naperville schools would be eligible.

“It really will allow them to understand the importance of what chemicals can do to their brain and their brain function,” said R.J. McMahon, Executive Director for Robert Crown Center.

“The big problem was that nobody was talking about it,” said Grant Eckhoff, Judicial and Public Safety Committee Chairman. “The whole idea of the education is to focus a spotlight on it, get it out of the darkness, and get people talking about it.”

This would be a 3-year pilot program with the goal of adding more schools each year until all junior high and high schools in DuPage are included.

Committee members also hope Robert Crown would then be able to fund the program entirely on its own.

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