Metzger took part in a leadership forum organized by Congressman Randy Hultgren on Friday; it brought together a number of key leaders from around the community, to discuss what steps can be taken to stem heroin abuse in the region.
Metzger says one key problem local governments face is a lack of funding; budget cuts have forced cities and counties to reduce the amount of money they have available for awareness prevention, for training of first responders and for overdose rescue kits for those personnel to use.
The moderator for the event was Kathie Jane-Willis, who is director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University; she says the most disturbing problem is the growing popularity of the drug. She says it’s now cheaper and easier to get heroin on the street, than it is to get a cup of gourmet coffee; and that there’s a definite connection between prescription drug abuse, and the transition into heroin abuse.
Metzger wants to bring Jane-Willis to DeKalb County to host a workshop for County Board members.