Heroin Epidemic in Dubuque

Heroin Epidemic in Dubuque

DUBUQUE- Since January, heroin overdoses have skyrocketed. Many have lost their lives and others have been fortunate enough to survive. Vicki Allendorf is a anti-heroin advocate in Dubuque. She created a Facebook page titled “I hate heroin.” Her tagline is “I hate heroin, but I have hope.”

On April 9th, Vicki lost two of her three sons to a heroin overdose within hours of one another. Terry and Zachary McPolland struggled with their addiction for many years but “wanted to get better, to help others.” family friend Sue Greene told LCTV.

The community  came together on April 12th to talk about this drug that is sweeping Dubuque. Allendorf was supposed to speak on behalf of those who know someone struggling but was unable to attend due to the death of her sons. This event brought in over 600 people and was streamed live to the public.

Helping Services and Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative sponsored the showing of Chasing the Dragon, a documentary about heroin and opiate use at Mindframe Theater today.

After the documentary, the first meeting for C.R.U.S.H (Community Resources United to Stop Heroin)- the Dubuque Chapter was held.

For more information about how you can help, contact Sue Greene at sgreene@helpingservices.org

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