In keeping with our core mission, our goal is two fold. Through our programs, we strive to prevent the deadly spread of heroin/opiates through education and awareness and to support those families already affected by addiction.
- Education and Awareness - Through community and school forums, we will speak out about the dangers of addiction, challenge perceptions about stereotypes and increase awareness about the link between painkillers and opiates. For more details, click here.
- Support - Our monthly support meetings provides a confidential forum for families and friends of those affected by addiction, who want to learn more about coping, self-care and additional resources. For more details, click here.
Opiate addiction in the U.S. is increasing at an alarming rate, wreaking havoc in communities and families across the country. According to the data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 169,000 Americans ages 12 and over tried heroin for the first time in 2013 - more than twice the number of first time users recorded in 2006.
Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates the rate of opiate (including heroin)-related deaths rose 200% nationwide between 2000 and 2014, but the greatest increase during that period took place in specific geographical areas, including the Midwest. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, heroin related deaths in DuPage county increased from 33 in 2014 to 43 in 2015.
Social stigma and hesitance to talk openly about heroin is a major contributor to the problem and has made it even more difficult to combat the growing trend of abuse.