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Media Advisory: Waterloo/Black Hawk County Town Hall Meeting Heroin Epidemic & Community Treatment Options

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – The United States Attorney’s Office, in partnership with the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative, has scheduled a Waterloo/Black Hawk County Town Hall Meeting on June 8th to discuss the heroin epidemic making its way into Eastern Iowa.  Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., with 47,055 lethal drug overdoses in 2014. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 18,893 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 10,574 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2014. Waterloo joins other Iowa cities facing this threat.  

Viewed as a national challenge requiring a community solution, the meeting will bring the community together to exchange information and to discuss strategies to address the epidemic plaguing our state.  A guest speaker will share her story of her son’s involvement and death from heroin use.  A “Call to Action” will be introduced to the community by the Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative.

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U.S. Attorney Kevin W. Techau will be present. The event is open to the public.


Event Details

When: June 8, 2016 (flyer is attached)

Where: Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial Street, Waterloo, IA

Time: Begins at 6:00 p.m., and ends at 8:00 p.m.


Press wishing to attend should contact AUSA Steve Young at 319-731-4037, or by emailing him at

Updated June 7, 2016

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