It's a term that is not put out lightly but one Clinton religious leader calls the substance and opioid abuse in the community a crisis.
Clinton First Christian Church's Pastor Greg Taylor says when you think Clinton, Illinois, you think you are immune to those types of challenges. He says it came as a shock to him the struggle was in his backyard.
The churches in the Clinton and DeWitt County community have collaborated and pulled resources to create a documentary about the challenge locally. Pastor Taylor says it features testimonial from local residents who have overcome their own addictions.
At 9:30 am Sunday morning, the Church will host a forum where DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner and Task Force Six leader Tony Kestner will be on hand to answer questions.
For Pastor Taylor, from the religious perspective, they hope to bring light to a dark issue. They also hope to bring realistic answers to the crisis the community faces.
The documentary will be shown at First Christian Church at 8:15 am then 10:45 am. Churches across DeWitt County will show the documentary in the coming weeks.
It was recently announced that DeWitt County now has a Narcotics Anonymous program thanks to the efforts of the Substance Abuse Coalition. The meetings are Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm at the Clinton Church of God.