ROCKFORD – U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin , D-IL, learned firsthand about the impact of drugs on young people during a visit Tuesday, May 28, to the Rosecrance adolescent substance abuse treatment campus.
During his stop at the 78-bed residential treatment center in Rockford, Sen. Durbin talked with adolescent clients about their progress in the therapeutic program. The senator toured the onsite school, gymnasium, fitness center and adolescent living spaces.
Visiting with Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton, Durbin expressed particular concern about the growing problem of heroin addiction among Illinois youth, the importance of addressing the issue at an early age and how drug activity is a major factor in Rockford’s current crime problem.
Before his visit to the adolescent campus Tuesday, Sen. Durbin met with local and federal law enforcement officials, along with U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, at the federal courthouse in Rockford to discuss strategies to combat crime in the city.