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Community Discussions on Opiate Abuse

As a part of the continuing effort to inform the community about the increasing use and abuse of heroin and opiates in the Peoria area, Peoria Public Library, in cooperation with Peoria Reads! and the Mayor’s Coalition Against Heroin will present a series of four community discussions with time allotted for brainstorming community strategies to address this issue.
Mike Kennedy, president and CEO of the Human Service Center in Peoria, will moderate the discussions. The community discussions are being funded by an Illinois Speaks micro-grant from the Illinois Humanities Council and are designed to support efforts to understand and find solutions for the heroin and opiate epidemic that is occurring locally.

• Saturday, October 22 from 1:00 to 2:15 p.m. at Peoria Public Library Main Library Auditorium

• Wednesday, November 2 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch Lakeview Room

• Monday, November 7 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Peoria Public Library North Branch McKenzie Room

• Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch Hot Air Balloon Room

To attend any of these discussions, please contact Roberta Koscielski at 309-497-2186 or RobertaKoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us.

About the Mayor's Community Coalition Against Heroin

The Community Read

Peoria Reads is encouraging our community members to read Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.  Written by Sam Quinones, this book is described as “an explosive and shocking account of addiction in the heartland of America.”  This story of how heroin addiction became epidemic in small-town America was awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction in March.  For more information about Dreamland, visit http://www.samquinones.com/books/dreamland/.

The Author Visit

Author Sam Quinones will visit Peoria on Tuesday, August 16th to meet with community leaders, law enforcement, and the media.  In addition, he will present an evening program that will be free and open to the public at Riverside Community Church, 207 NE Monroe Street, at 7:00 p.m.

How to Get Dreamland

Copies of Dreamland are available for checkout and limited numbers of additional copies are available for pick-up at all Peoria Public Library locations.  To reserve a copy, contact Roberta Koscielski at RobertaKoscielski@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us or at 309-497-2186.


Summit Meetings

There will also be an evening  Physicians’ Coalition Again Heroin Summit on Wednesday, August 24th and a daytime Mayor’s Community Coalition Against Heroin Summit on Wednesday, August 31st.

Selected Bibliography for Heroin Strategy