SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois law enforcement officials are producing informational videos to combat what they say is an “epidemic” of heroin use.
The Illinois State Crime Commission and the Police Athletic League of Illinois announced Wednesday the videos will be made available to police, educators and public health officials.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Weekend Warmup
Crime Commission Executive Director Jerry Elsner says officials “must be prepared for the inevitable repercussions of the heroin epidemic.”READ MORE: Northwestern Alums Create 'The Seeker,' A Highly Accurate Football Thrower They Call A Robotic QB
Elsner says during one recent 17-day period, in DuPage County alone, there were 15 deaths caused by heroin overdose.MORE NEWS: Cariacature Artist, Substitute Teacher Says She Keeps Trying To Reach Illinois Unemployment Office -- Only To Have Calls Dropped
The first ad features teenagers playing ball in a park. One by one, they fall to the ground as an announcer asks: “When will we see this epidemic in plain view?”