Task force targets heroin use
County agencies form group focusing on better drug enforcement
WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office will seek community input in devising ways to curb heroin use in the county under a new task force announced Friday.
The new Heroin Education/Enforcement Action Taskforce, called HEAT, will combine minds from county agencies such as the Coroner’s and state’s attorney’s offices with those from local police departments and health service providers to work toward stemming the heroin epidemic in the county, sheriff officials said.
There were 122 overdose deaths in the county from 2009 to 2012, according to the coroner’s office. Of those, 52 involved heroin.