Press Release

May 3, 2019

State’s Attorney James Glasgow Donates $2,500 in Forfeiture Funds to HERO Program Aimed at Preventing Heroin Abuse

Joliet – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that his office has donated $2,500 to the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO), a non-profit founded by two local fathers who lost their children to heroin more than a decade ago. The money will be used to further equip the “Hidden in Plain Sight” trailer designed to look like a teen’s bedroom with ordinary items displayed in plain view to illustrate where drugs or alcohol can be hidden, and to pay for new tires for the vehicle that travels throughout the community educating parents and family members about cues to help detect drugs in their own home. No taxpayer dollars were used; rather, the contribution was made using money seized from criminals engaged in the sale of illegal narcotics.

“I have seen all too often the devastation heroin addiction causes –the lives that have tragically been taken away, and the families who never recover from losing their loved ones,” Glasgow said. “It is critical to address our society’s drug problem not only from the perspective of prosecuting those who endanger lives and threaten our communities through the sale and distribution of illegal drugs, but also through programs designed to prevent abuse, educate our community, and rehabilitate those who seek to regain their footing as healthy, productive members of our communities.”

Glasgow presented the check to HERO co-founder John Roberts at the 2019 HERO Helps summit in Romeoville. Glasgow’s office was a co-sponsor of the annual event.

“This contribution will help us to continue our mission of saving lives, raising awareness, and educating people throughout Will County about opioid addiction,” stated Roberts. “As a parent who has experienced the devastation that drug abuse can cause, I created HERO in an attempt to do everything possible to help other parents navigate through these rocky waters.”

State’s Attorney Glasgow has been actively involved in efforts throughout Will County to curb the opioid epidemic and assist local law enforcement in removing dangerous drugs from our communities. In addition to aggressively prosecuting drug-induced homicides, Glasgow has used forfeiture monies to pay for drug detection K-9s, their training, and the transport equipment installed in the police vehicles in six Will County communities: Park Forest (“Tucker”), Shorewood (“Rookie”), Elwood (“Sam”), Channahon (“Hutch”), Rockdale (“Roxie), and Wilmington (“Mao”). Glasgow also has used forfeiture money to contribute to non-profit agencies throughout Will County for drug-prevention and educational programming.

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