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Sheriff, coroner team up for anti-heroin forum

BATAVIA – Two Kane County officials are teaming up to help those whose lives have been affected by heroin.

Sheriff Donald Kramer and Coroner Rob Russell have partnered with an advocacy group to host an anti-heroin forum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Batavia VFW.

The event will focus on what people can do if they suspect or have confirmed a loved one is involved with heroin, Russell said.

“We’re just trying to find solutions to help people,” he said.

Tim Ryan, who leads the advocacy group A Man in Recovery, is expected to discuss intervention options, according to a news release about the event.

Ryan is a recovering heroin addict and has lost his son to the epidemic, the release states.

Russell described heroin as an “indiscriminate killer.” In Kane County, he said, there were 27 heroin-related deaths in 2012, 22 in 2013 and 22 in 2014.

“It’s still a huge problem,” he said.

The forum will feature a demonstration by K9 Confidential, a business that provides narcotic sweeps of homes, workplaces and other facilities.

Dare2Know, which is run by police detectives, will provide information about urine test kits and computer monitoring tools available to parents, Russell said.

He noted the urine test kits, which can show the existence of eight types of drugs, will be included in gift bags available for the first 300 attendees.

Visit www.amaninrecovery.org for information.

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