Panel: Will County saw drop in heroin deaths

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The number of heroin overdose deaths in Will County dropped from 58 in 2012 to 38 in 2013, thanks in part to expanded educational awareness, local officials told the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force.

However, monitoring deaths is only the tip of the iceberg, Will County Coroner Pat O’Neil told the state-appointed task force, which is collecting testimony on heroin abuse from communities throughout Illinois.

A more effective indicator might be to track overdose treatments by first responders, who often are able to save victims by using anti-opiate drugs such as Narcan.

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Airport, Illiana Expressway top county’s agenda

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Will County Board Speaker Herbert Brooks Jr., D-Joliet, thinks a south suburban airport will create much-needed jobs as well as make air travel more convenient to those living in the area.

“I can’t wait to buy my first ticket,” Brooks said.

The proposed construction of the south suburban airport near Peotone is one of the top issues in the 2014 state legislative agenda the Will County Board recently approved. Brooks said the board “as a whole” supports the construction of the south suburban airport.

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Will County launches jobs program for veterans

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A three-year pilot program to put Will County veterans to work was kicked off recently with the first of three $50,000 checks from Waste Management to the county.

The Lee Addleman/Will County Veterans’ Employment Advocacy Project will help vets land jobs through employer-based internships and will be administered by the county’s Workforce Services Division. Addleman was a Vietnam veteran and longtime official of Waste Management.

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