Heroin use has been on the upswing over the past several years in the Metro-East, and law enforcement continues to see more overdoses and deaths surrounding its use. An awareness rally has been scheduled for Saturday at the Cottage Hills VFW to help educate the public as to the depth of the problem, and how to find help. It is being organized by members of Madison County Heroin Awareness Recovery & Prevention.
Nathan Chester lost a close family member earlier this year to the drug, and vowed to get involved in the fight at that time. He says Saturday's rally starts at 4, and will include free BBQ, guest speakers, and entertainment.
The drug has crossed all socioeconomic categories, affecting all races, ages, men and women. Most experts agree law enforcement will not arrest its way out of this problem, but it will be education and treatment that conquers heroin.