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Glasgow to announce art scholarship winners at HERO-HELPS Summit

4/18/2016, 10:32 a.m.
The heroin epidemic summit will be held in Romeoville on April 29.
HERO Helps Will County

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow will announce the winners of the Dangers of Heroin Art Scholarship Contest for high school students on April 29 at the 2016 HERO-HELPS-Southwest Coalition Summit, which focuses on solutions to the heroin epidemic.

The summit is scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon on April 29 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville. State’s Attorney Glasgow will announce the scholarship winners during his presentation to summit attendees early in the program. In addition, all of the artwork submitted for the contest will be displayed during this important summit. Students are not expected to attend the summit, which is on a school day, but will be notified of the results.

The First Place Winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship for a university, college, trade school or other post-high school educational institution. Second and Third Place Winners will receive $2,000 and $1,000 scholarships respectively. Winning work also will be featured in the State’s Attorney’s updated Gang Awareness and Prevention Book, scheduled for release later this year.

State’s Attorney Glasgow hosted the contest to raise awareness about the deadly dangers of using heroin. More than 50 students from Will County high schools submitted art for the contest.

“My goal was to involve young people in raising awareness about the heroin scourge that is destroying lives and killing so many people in Will County and across our Nation,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “These student artists first had to educate themselves about this deadly narcotic and then use their skills to create powerful images to warn people of all ages about the dangers of using heroin. The judging is going to be incredibly difficult.”

The scholarships for the art contest will be funded through money seized from criminals who were engaged in narcotics trafficking. “I can think of no better way to spend money that otherwise would have been used to pump deadly poison onto our streets than to redirect these resources toward an educational campaign aimed directly at eliminating the market for heroin,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said.

In Will County last year, 53 people died from heroin overdoses, equaling a sad record that was first set in 2012. The HERO-HELPS-Southwest Coalition Summit will focus on the groundbreaking Illinois Heroin Crisis Act passed in 2015.

But even as the state implements this initiative, the number of overdose deaths continues to rise in Will County. In a troubling twist, the Will County Coroner’s Office reports some victims are dying after using powerful synthetic opioids like Furanyl fentanyl or Acetyl fentanyl that are being sold as a substitute for heroin.

For more information on the Summit, visit www.herohelpsevent.com.