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Annual Southern Illinois Drug Awareness Conference held at JALC

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CARTERVILLE -- The annual Southern Illinois Drug Awareness Conference began Wednesday at John A. Logan College.

Members of law enforcement, teachers, and other professionals that interact with people using or who are addicted to drugs were in attendance.

What started back in 2004 as a conference focused on the area's meth epidemic has now grown to discuss all drug abuse found in southern Illinois.

"We want people to be aware of the types of drugs that are being used in our region. I keep focusing on 'in our region' because we're not focusing on all across the country, even though they're facing the same epidemics. We are looking at particularly in southern Illinois," said Michelle Hamilton, Director of Corporate Education at JALC.

Hamilton, one of the conference organizers, says one key topic is the growing heroin problem in southern Illinois.

She hopes the conference helps groups work together to fight the area's drug problems.

The conference continues Thursday.

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