Fire Chief Urges Parents, Teachers to Talk to Kids About Drugs Now (Video)
Orland Fire Battalion Chief Mike Schofield shared what he has seen in about 30 years of fire service in regard to heroin and drug abuse, including recent rises in use.
Mike Schofield saw a specific type of heroin user as a firefighter in Chicago.
The individuals he encountered were usually unhealthy looking, strung out and living in dire conditions. Today in Orland Park and nearby areas, the Orland Fire battalion chief and former Homer fire chief has seen heroin users that are accomplished students and athletes. And drug use is happening among even younger people, he said.
As a result, Schofield decided to create the Blink of an Eye seminar; using actual stories of loss from drug abuse through speakers, vidoes and 911 recordings.
Schofield spoke on July 18 at a Blink seminar, held at the Orland Fire Protection District Administration Building, along other people who lost friends and loved ones to drugs.
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