Substance Abuse Prevention the Focus of New Coalition

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Substance Abuse Prevention the Focus of New Coalition


Byline: Lauren Rohr lrohr@dailyherald.com

In the eight years since her son died of a heroin overdose, Terri Dudar has made it her mission to raise awareness about substance abuse.

The Carpentersville resident started a local support group and is involved in a grief recovery organization. She regularly holds community events to provide resources to those who suffer from or have lost someone to addiction.

Dudar's support group, JA2SOON, is now one of three local organizations involved in creating a new substance abuse prevention coalition. The Renz Addiction Counseling Center in Elgin and Carpentersville police are also leading the initiative, which is aimed at educating about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

Thier target audience? The residents, particularly at-risk teens, of Carpentersville -- the town where Dudar grew up, where she raised her kids. And the town in which her son, Jason, took his last breath.

"I'm not a professional educator," Dudar said. "I'm just a mom who lost her child. I'm just trying to help my community where I can."

The Carpentersville Substance Abuse Prevention Community Coalition is hosting an informational meeting 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the public works building, 1075 Tamarac Drive. Any community members, stakeholders and local agencies interested in participating are invited, particularly those who work with teens in the area, Carpentersville Police Chief Michael Kilbourne said. …

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