Wheaton Police Department Holds a Forum on Skyrocketing Heroin Abuse


Last week, the Wheaton Police Department held a community forum addressing the alarmingly high rates of heroin abuse among high school students. The panel included HERO founder John Roberts, who lost his own son to a heroine overdose. DuPage County States attorney Robert Berlin was also in attendance and provided warning signs to look out for in teens that are using.

Signs include:

  • Personality Changes
  • Increase in Sleep
  • Appetite changes
  • Anxiety or Nervousness
  • Change in School Performance and friends
  • Money missing from your wallet
  • Changes in social media postings

Berlin also made note of the recently passed Good Samaritan Law, which protects people from being prosecuted for a drug overdose. Concluding the forum was community member Maureen Kraut, who bravely shared the story of her son’s experience with heroine, who is now six months sober.

For more information on the collar-county heroine epidemic, visit theherofoundation.org.