County begins collaboration efforts to address Heroin
Healthy Communities Partnership, law
enforcement, and multiple other agencies join forces to battle
growing issue in the community
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[February 03, 2016]
- February 2, 2016 – According to the National Survey on Drug Use
and Health, heroin use has increased significantly in the past few
years, and it continues to rise. The number of people who die from
heroin-related overdoses in the United States is nearly four times
what it was a decade ago.
“We knew that we couldn’t stand by any longer and just watch the
problem get worse. Heroin in Logan County is hurting families and
killing our friends and neighbors,” said Angela Stoltzenburg,
manager of the Healthy Communities Partnership. “Heroin is no longer
a drug found only in the dark alleys of large cities. It’s here and
it’s time for us to take action. We know that if we can work
together on the issue, we’ll be more successful.”
While Healthy Communities Partnership is a collaborative
organization that addresses a variety of issues affecting health in
Logan County it held its first meeting on the subject of heroin on
February 2. Over 22 agencies attended the meeting in an effort to
develop a comprehensive strategy to reduce heroin use and overdose
in Logan County. Chief Jerry Mitchell of the Peoria Police
Department also attended the meeting to share City of Peoria and
Peoria County efforts to combat heroin.
“The spirit of collaboration and partnerships that we saw at the
meeting today is what will make us successful,” said Stoltzenburg.
Moving forward, HCP will use the 4-pillar approach to create a
comprehensive plan. The approach has been successfully used
internationally in such cities as Geneva, Zurich, Frankfurt and
Sydney resulting in a dramatic reduction of drugs users and
decreased overdose deaths.
The four pillars are prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm
Prevention strategies and interventions help prevent harmful use
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The treatment pillar includes a range of interventions and
support programs to encourage those with addiction problems to make
healthier decisions and works to decrease preventable deaths,
illnesses and injuries.
The harm reduction pillar works to reduce the harm to individuals
and communities from the sale and use of both legal and illegal
Enforcement engages a broad range of activities carried out by
regulatory agencies, licensing authorities, police, the courts, and
other sectors within the criminal justice system.
In the coming weeks, HCP will convene additional meetings to address
heroin within each of these pillars resulting in a comprehensive
If you would like more information, contact Angela Stoltzenburg at
Healthy Communities Partnership by calling 217-605-5008. HCP is
funded by the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation.
[Angela Stoltzenburg, Healthy