Heroin addiction was the topic of conversation in Will County Saturday, where law enforcement officials say it has become a national epidemic.
Heroin is second to only alcohol in Illinois where people seek treatment and rehabilitation from. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow spoke at the meeting at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights.
“Kids in Will County at the party scene say if you’re tying off and shooting then you’re an addict, but if you’re snorting and you’re smoking you’re just partying,” he said. “It’s amazing how peer pressure can create a new moral code or moral standard and that’s what we’re faced with.”
Between 2007 and 2011, heroin overdose deaths increased by 50% in McHenry county. According to Glasgow, the number of heroin deaths in Will County in 2012 jumped to 53, nearly double than the year before.