The heroin overdose rate has more than quadrupled since 2010 — taking lives all over the country, and even in our backyards.
Corey Eisert-Wlodarczyk said, “in March of 2012, I did lose a brother to a heroin overdose and so the whole idea of drug education and prevention is really important to me and my family.”
He’s building a mobile Hidden in Plain Sight unit, a tool he said will educate parents on how to know if their child is using drugs.
County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper told us this epidemic can hit any family.
“It hits all geographic areas, all socio-economic strata, males, females — it really knows no boundaries,” said Dahlkemper.
When it’s done, the trailer will be set up like a traditional teen bedroom.
There will be several items that could indicate drug use dispersed throughout the room.
Last year, Corey and his mom, Mary Kay Eisert-Wlodarczyk, put a similar display in the Millcreek Mall.
“What was amazing was some parents were shocked because they had seen some of these very common household items in their children’s room and they didn’t know why,” Dahlkemper said.
Coordinators told us the mobile unit will be able to reach more parents, with a mission to prevent drug addiction at its earliest stage.
Mary Kay Eisert-Wlodarczyk said this mission is inspired by her son Collin, who died in 2012 to heroin addition.