Duo of brothers brings awareness to drug problem

By Alyssa Donovan

April 7, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM CDT

PEKIN, Ill.-- Two days after Peoria police reported three people died in three days as a result of drugs, including heroin, a duo of brothers from Pekin is now raising awareness of its dangers.

Jeffrey and Kyle Heilman started a group called Recovery Is Possible, their slogan, ‘Heroin is killing Pekin.'

The group held its first meeting on Sunday at Mineral Springs Park in Pekin.

Those in attendance shared stories of friends and loved ones who have died or been affected by the harmful drug.

Jeffrey says the goal is to support people recovering from heroin addiction, and he does not want to just give money to a rehab facility.

Jeffrey Heilman said, "I want it to go to the recovering addicts themselves because if they're wanting help and they can't afford it that just shouldn't be an option."

Meanwhile, Peoria Police today reported that in the last three days, three people have died and two others hospitalized as a result of drug use, including heroin.

Police issued a statement saying family and friends of drug users are advised to warn their loved ones of the potential dangers posed to the each time they use.

Heilman says his brothers recovery from addiction made him realize something needed to be done.

Brother Kyle Heilman says recovering addicts need some kind of support to help them stay clean.

Kyle Heilman said, "There's so many kids out there dying and like when I was in the mix of it I didn't think there was a way out and I just really want people to know that there is a way out and you don't have to live like this there is places to get help."

For more information or to get involved you can visit the group's facebook page R-I-P Heroin Is Killing Pekin.