In recent years, heroin abuse has skyrocketed in the United States and in the Midwest in particular. Incidents of heroin overdoses in Cook County have led local police department to train their officers in the use of Narcan, a powerful opioid antidote that can reverse the effects of the drug.

But many people remain in the dark about heroin and the spread of its use in the Chicago suburbs.

As a result, the Riverside Police department in partnership with Riverside Presbyterian Church will host an informational presentation on opioid and heroin abuse on Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Riverside Township Hall, 27 Riverside Road.

Speakers will include Police Chief Thomas Weitzel, Riverside Police Lt. William Gutschick, Fire Chief Matthew Buckley, Paramedic Donald Michalik and Rosecrance Addiction Specialist Mary Egan. Fielding questions from the audience will be Dr. Diane Chaney.