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  • Forum on Local Drug Epidemic Coming to Perry County Schools

    Friday, September 16, 2016

    “From Dope to Hope,” a presentation on the drug epidemic in our community presented by Tim Ryan, will be coming to Pinckneyville and Du Quoin schools on Oct. 5.

    Ryan will be speaking in Du Quoin at 10 a.m. and Pinckneyville at 2 p.m. that day, open to students only. At 7 p.m. that day, he will be holding an inspirational forum at the Du Quoin High School where the public is welcome to attend. Ryan will also be making an appearance at the Sparta High School at 7 p.m. on Oct. 11, sponsored by the Health and Wellness Foundation of Sparta Community Hospital.

    Tim Ryan is a successful entrepreneur, former nationally ranked barefoot water skier and the father of four who lost everything due to his bad choices of letting alcohol and drug abuse control his life.

    In the wake of his son’s death and his own crippling addiction to heroin, Tim Ryan has dedicated his life to helping others find recovery. Tim’s inspirational story has compelled countless addicts to get the help they need, as well as educate audiences of all types on what causes heroin addiction, how to find and engage in recovery and living a life of long-term sobriety.

    Tim’s moving motivational speech, “From Dope to Hope,” chronicles his harrowing experience as a troubled addict who sold drugs to his own son and his son’s friends, his incarceration and his life today that includes his own journey in recovery and his work in serving others. As Tim so convincingly says, “We’re helping one addict at a time move from dope to hope!”

    As a motivational speaker with a riveting message, Tim not only reaches the addict in need, but also provides the community-at-large with valuable information about opiates and their devastating effects. Beyond just sharing his own journey, Tim’s speech “From Dope to Hope” informs on the current landscape of heroin addiction in the Midwest, the surprising effects of heroin on the brain and body, and how to recognize and handle those who struggle with addiction to opiates and other substances.

    The event is sponsored by the Perry County Sheriff’s Office and the Perry County Anti-Drug Coalition. For more information on the drug forum, visit or

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