1st heroin prevention project in nation in the works

May 9, 2011 3:59:12 PM PDT
The Robert Crown Center for Health Education is developing one of the nation's first heroin education and prevention projects.

It's a partnership with the Reed Hruby Foundation and the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy. Organizers hope to stop the growing problem of heroin use and deaths in the Chicago area and the rest of the nation.

It was announced Monday that the Hruby family of Burr Ridge donated $340,000. The donation was made in memory of Reed Hruby who died as a result of a heroin overdose in 2008 at the age of 24.

"Reed's death changed our lives. It rips the fabric of the entire family. We are willing to share our tragedy in order to prevent one child who is starting down this deadly path," said Brenda Hruby Giesel, Reed Rruby's aunt.

The Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy says that people treated for heroin problems at hospitals in the Chicago metro area rose almost 200 percent between 1997 and 2007.

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