Sep. 19, 2012 -
The Robert Crown Center for Health Education (RCC) was awarded a $20,000 grant from the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund to support one of the nation’s first heroin education and prevention projects. The goal of the program is to stop the growing trend of heroin use and death across the Chicago area and the nation.
“Research tells us the Chicago suburbs rank among the worst in the nation for heroin use,” said Kathleen M. Burke, Chief Executive Officer of the Robert Crown Center. She continued, “The problem here in the suburbs is increasing at an alarming rate. There are many social and emotional factors that influence a young person to use heroin. We welcome the participation of DuPage Medical Group to help us educate students, parents and the community about this deadly problem.”
The donation was made as part of the DuPage Medical Group Charitable Fund’s mission to support the healthcare needs of the community. Physicians from DuPage Medical Group will also serve on RCC’s Heroin Advisory Committee. “We are proud to contribute to such a worthy cause, especially one that has been greatly affecting the communities that we serve” said Dr. Abdel Fahmy, a physician specializing in Addiction Medicine at DuPage Medical Group.
The Robert Crown Center for Health Education will use the donation to assist in its effort to raise community awareness of the growing heroin problem in the suburbs. RCC and DuPage Medical Group physicians will work together developing materials that will educate physicians about heroin use as a public health challenge, and give them the tools they need to help parents and young people who might be at risk, or who are already struggling