The Whiting Assembly of God Church will sponsor a presentation by the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team on the heroin epidemic within our township on September 18, 2015, at 7 p.m.

All from the community are invited to attend the presentation at the Whiting Assembly of God Church, 83 Lacey Road in Whiting. In addition to a brief introduction of the Manchester Township Police Narcotics Enforcement Team and a question and answer period, the presentation will address:

How a person becomes addicted to heroin

  • What is heroin?
  • What does heroin look like?
  • Methods of heroin use
  • Signs to look for which may indicate heroin use
  • Treatment options
  • Methods of reporting drug activity

A Reuters article published on July 7, 2015, stated the following regarding escalating heroin abuse:
Heroin overdose deaths in the United States nearly quadrupled between 2002 and 2013, fueled by lower costs as well as increased abuse of prescription opiate painkillers, U.S. health officials said. The report found that heroin use increased by 63 percent from 2002 to 2013. In 2013, roughly 517,000 people reported that they had used heroin in the last year, a 150 percent increase from 2007. As many as 8,200 people died from heroin overdoses in 2013 alone.

We are hopeful this presentation will help the community find answers to the epidemic of heroin use within Manchester Township and the surrounding areas.