We have seven weeks left in the year, and already Will County, Illinois has a new record for heroin or opiate related deaths.
So far in 2012, the county has lost 37 people from heroin.
Last year’s total was 30.
Some parents have been taking the lead in trying to educate parents, but there needs to be more involvement.
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Parents need to understand that kids are abusing pills because they are accessible, and they turn to heroin when it is necessary to keep the high.
One of the leading voices is John Roberts, who lost his teenaged son to heroin in 2009.
He has been holding community meetings to educate parents that this is happening to our children at an alarming rate.
Parents in the Will County area, and other communities outside of Chicago need to show support and help spread the message that these drugs are killing our kids.