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Large forum Friday on drugs in the suburbs

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The growing drug problem in the suburbs has led to dozens of community forums in recent years across the suburbs.

One of the largest forums will take place Friday in Romeoville, and is open to anyone whose life has been affected by heroin or other drug addictions. Admission is free.

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The forum will run from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the JFK Sports Center on the campus of Lewis University, One University Parkway.

The event is being hosted by HERO (Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization) and Will County HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions).

A wide range of services and experts will be on hand, along with more than 30 resource booths and a memorial of pictures and biographies of people who have died from drug overdoses. The night concludes with a youth rally featuring live bands.

Opiate drugs, including heroin, have been a growing problem across the suburbs in recent years. So far this year in Will County, for example, there have been 10 heroin overdoses, seven of which happened in January, Coroner Patrick O'Neil said.

For more details about the forum, visit http://herohelpsevent.org/

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