Winnebago County Heroin Task Force develops

In 2012, Coroner Barry Busby was alarmed at the sudden spike in overdose deaths due to heroin use. With an average of 15 drug related deaths in the county, 27 people died from heroin alone that year.

Busby brought his concerns to the community and the Winnebago County Heroin Task Force was born. As the Task Force explored the issues surrounding the epidemic, the Foundation saw the connection to numerous quality of life initiatives relating to neighborhoods, poverty, public safety and education, and put its funding support behind it. With participants from multiple sectors of the community, the Task Force focuses on a four-pillar approach: prevention, harm reduction, treatment and law enforcement, and meets on a quarterly basis to review progress.

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