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Event focuses on the prevention of heroin and prescription pill abuse

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On Tuesday, officials from across Alabama gathered together to bring awareness to the issue of heroin and prescription pill use and create a community wide strategic plan to end it.

In just a four year span, there was a 450% increase in heroin overdose rates in a three county area: Birmingham, Shelby and Tuscaloosa. That's a big reason why this group of people came together. It was part of a community awareness summit.

The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Alabama, UAB's School of Public Health and the Jefferson County Department of Public Health partnered together for this event. The goal was to educate and inform people about the problem all while stressing the urgency of taking action.

"Our goal today is to create commitments among state quarters throughout the community to work together and develop a community plan for fighting heroin addiction. Treating the problems and helping bring down the skyrocketing death rates," said U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

Vance says one of the pathways to heroin addiction is through prescription pills. She says the drugs don't discriminate, all types of people fall victim to its poison.

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