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How rural communities are fighting heroin

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(KMOV.com) - Small towns are using education as a way to try to prevent young people from using heroin.

Many rural areas do not have the resources to fight the heroin epidemic in a traditional manner. The town of Greenfield, Illinois brought in a police detective and the town’s police chief to speak to students recently.

Detective Chris Conye begins his presentation with graphic photos of examples of heroin addiction, statistics and a list of those who have died from a heroin overdoses.

“It’s hitting the communities very hard,” said Conye.

After Conye finishes, Collinsville High School Assistant Principal Kari Kardis steps in. She believes in being brutally honest and shares the story of her son, who died from a heroin overdose.

At the presentation News 4 went to, a student cried, with another student saying he knows several people that have to deal with heroin addiction.

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