We are the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization. Our mission is to stop the growing heroin epidemic that has rapidly swept across nation through our own programs and by supporting strategic pieces of legislation all while providing comfort and support to those who have lost a loved one to heroin or are currently helping a loved one who is struggling with this terrible disease.
HERO was founded by John Roberts and Brian Kirk after their two sons, Billy and Matt, were tragically taken from them while battling a heroin addiction. The Two Dads, as the local media took to calling them, set out to call attention to the heroin epidemic spreading throughout similarly affluent middle class communities, to connect with and build a support network of families who have also lost children to heroin, and to work to see the day when no parent has to experience the loss of a child to addiction again.
Heroin hasbeen steadily and rapidly expanding from the usual centers of use and distribution for over a decade. It can no longer be said to be just an inner city problem or one that affects a certain population or demographic. Heroin use and addiction is now bubbling up from just beneath the surface of many small, affluent, suburban communities and affecting families that were unprepared to face this problem.
HERO is here to push the issue and make sure that the families within these communities are made aware of the growing heroin epidemic. By raising awareness and educating people about what to look for and getting parents, teachers, and authorities all working in concert to keep young people from picking up this deadly habit we can stop the epidemic and build strong bonds between us, our children, and the communities we're all a part of.
HERO is dedicated to educating the public about more than just the alarming statistics. Read on and learn more about addiction, coping with the loss of a loved one, and treatment options that work as well as heroin facts versus myths.
A Community's Public Health Response to the Heroin Epidemic:
Turning the Tide through Collaboration
The number of drug overdose deaths in Illinois has been rapidly and consistently increasing over the past decade. HERO, HELPS, and the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues are hosting a community forum aimed at creating a dialogue among families, public officials, law enforcement, health care providers, educators, and the public, allowing everyone involved to learn more about the drug overdose crisis and talk about solutions. The event will be held on May 17, 2014 at the Romeoville Athletic and Events Center, 55 Phelps Avenue, Romeoville, IL.
Romeoville Athletic and Events Center - 55 Phelps Avenue in Romeoville, IL
May 17th, 2014 - 7:45AM - 12:30
HERO, HELPS, and the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues are hosting a community forum aimed at creating a dialogue among families, public officials, law enforcement, health care providers, educators, and the public, allowing everyone involved to learn more about the drug overdose crisis and talk about solutions. http://herohelpsevent.com
Streator Township High School - 202 West Lincoln Avenue, Streator, Illinois 61364
April 30th, 2014 at 6:30PM
The two main speakers will be co-founder of HERO, John Roberts and Pat Spangler.
Pat is the Men's Inpatient Unit Coordinator at Rosencrans in Rockford.