Heroin overdose images shown to teens to combat drug use

5:52 PM, Apr 5, 2013   |    comments
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ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Ill. (KSDK) - It's the latest move in the war against heroin. The U.S. attorney in Illinois says he's showing teens graphic images from the scenes of overdose.

Some of the images are so graphic we can't show them to you. They're meant to get high school students' attention.

Authorities say more and more young people are dying from heroin abuse, so they're coming up with more urgent tactics to get across their message.

"In order to get their attention they suggested we use graphic photos of death scenes, overdose scenes. Young people typically passed out in a bed or laying across a table where their last moment was snorting or injecting," said U.S. Attorney Steve Wigginton.

"I have a son who goes to Belleville East, and just because his dad is the state's attorney, doesn't mean he's not vulnerable to the same problems as everybody else," said St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly.

So far, the prosecutors have made presentations to 8,500 students at 10 different high schools.

In May, they plan to take their message to middle schools.


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