A group of residents and community leaders came together in an effort to open people’s eyes especially those that haven’t come to terms regarding the widespread heroin addiction.
HART – Heroin: It’s Here
The Health Awareness and Recovery Together (HART) group, together with the Hilliard Optimist Club and support from other community members, are set to do a town hall meeting on October 4 from 7 – 9 pm at Bradley High School.
The meeting “Heroin: It’s Here” will include a question and answer session with a panel of great speakers in hopes to communicate that heroin does not have boundaries.
Heroin: no boundaries, no discrimination
Karen Norval, one of the founders of HART, mentioned that she got motivated to assemble the town hall due to her experience with the community’s refusal to believe that heroin is a problem in Hilliard.
She kept hearing from people that heroin is not in Hilliard. For her, people are not understanding that heroin doesn’t have borders, and it is closer to homes than people think.
Joshua Cohill, a Hilliard detective, said that he has seen heroin abuse regardless of the socioeconomic status in Hilliard. He added that heroin doesn’t discriminate.
Aside from the harmful effects to its users, family members also suffer a huge emotional toll from seeing their loved ones suffering or from discovering overdose.
HART’s hope to inform
The panel speakers will include those having direct and indirect experiences from heroin abuse including those addicted and their family members as well as police officers who experienced the primary and secondary effects from the abuse.
Carla Karn is one of the panel members. Her 24 year old daughter has been clean after having experienced heroin while studying high school in Marysville. They later moved in Hilliard.
She said that they only knew of their daughter’s abuse when she was arrested. Only then that Karn began adding up her daughter’s activities and behaviors. She wants other parents to know what they experienced.
HART members hope that insights can be provided by their panel members. And although, there are countless clinics or hospitals available nearby or in farther locations like luxury rehab medical centers in Malibu, knowledge to prevent abuse is better than dealing with the problem later on.