Effingham has seen a major increase in heroin use in recent years. The problem extends state wide, as there have been over 900 heroin overdose deaths in Illinois in the last three years. In response to this, a rally was held Saturday in downtown Effingham on the Old Courthouse Lawn. The rally aimed to raise awareness about the danger of heroin use and to stand up against the people bringing drugs into the community. The rally was put together by local organization P.A.D.D., which stands for People Against Drug Dealers.
The rally featured a number of speakers, including Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker and Effingham County State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler. People who have struggled with substance abuse were also among the speakers.