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Youth Adult Task Force would address heroin in schools


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Illinois State Representatives are seeing a spike in heroin use among teenagers and there's now a bill to create the Youth Adult Heroin Use Task Force.

(See "Crime Commission: Heroin is 'medical emergency'")

"I think if you can try and concentrate on a problem that's in your area and you can do it collectively through a task force, I think it's good," said Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer.

If the bill passes, the task force would study heroin abuse in Illinois high schools. They would then make recommendations for educational programs in the schools.

Some schools, like Central High School in Camp Point, already have such programs. And, Principal Jeff Waggener says the programs are working.

"We're pretty pro-active in what we do here," said Waggener. "We have our protocols in place and our students know what's acceptable and what's not acceptable here in school."

Even though police say heroin doesn't appear to be widespread amongst local teens, Sheriff Fischer says it's still a drug they're keeping an eye on.

"I don't know if we would say heroin use may be up. We do know it is in the area or can be in the area," said Fischer.

Waggener says if the bill does pass, he would consider bringing the new programs recommended by the heroin task force to his school.

"Anytime we can educate our students about a substance it benefits everyone in our community," explained Waggener.

The bill has passed a House Committee.

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