State Representative Carol Sente, D-Vernon Hills, will be participating in the Lake County Sheriff’s Community Drug Awareness Forum on Wednesday, September 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Vernon Area Library located at 300 Olde Half Day Road in Lincolnshire.
“In response to the increasing number of drug abuse cases throughout the country, we must send a unified message to criminals that we will not tolerate their presence in our communities,” Sente said. “But the fight cannot end there – we must implement a multi-faceted approach that not only addresses any crime problems, but also provides adequate treatment and support for recovering addicts seeking help, many of which are young adults and teenagers in high school.”
Sente will provide an update on public safety legislation, followed by presentations from area law enforcement officials, and testimony from families who have witnessed the impact drugs have had on their loved ones. The Lake County Sheriff’s Community Drug Awareness Forum will also share information on warning signs, how to help loved ones battling addiction, and available resources and support services.
“Because drug abuse is a serious issue among teens, I backed legislation this year to form the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force, which will study heroin abuse in high schools and then suggest different programs and ways to address the problem,” Sente said. “I will additionally collaborate with area police and fire chiefs on legislation that will benefit public safety and keep our schools strong.”
For more information, please call Sente’s full-time constituent service office at (847) 478-9909, or email RepSente@gmail.com.