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  • DuPage taking fight against heroin to schools Jul 7, 2014 4:29 PM
    DuPage County Board members are expected to approve a plan to pay $67,746 to Robert Crown Centers for Health Education to offer a comprehensive heroin prevention program at local middle and high schools.

  • Anti-heroin ad wins award Jun 14, 2014 11:54 AM
    A television advertisement created by the Illinois State Crime Commission and Karl Productions about heroin abuse has won an award, officials announced. Heroin deaths continue to increase in the suburbs and throughout Illinois.

  • Wheaton parents who lost son to heroin tell families to have hope May 25, 2014 7:36 AM
    Hope, Patti and Joel Clousing say, is what they always had for their 19-year-old son Keenan — despite the seven trips to rehab, the multiple stints in jail, the three horrific overdoses and the heroin addiction that ultimately took his life on March 1. “He had so much hope for himself,” Patti said. “He tried so hard and that's the part that just hurts.” The Wheaton family hopes Keenan's story will help others battling heroin addiction.

  • Undercover cops fight trafficking on Heroin Highway Apr 30, 2014 1:05 PM
    Illinois State Police worked with Chicago police and other law enforcement agencies Tuesday during an undercover operation to combat heroin trafficking. Officers arrested people who bought heroin and other drugs in Chicago and then returned to the suburbs. “The whole goal of this detail today was to try to put a dent in the pipeline between Chicago and the Western suburbs,” said Lt. Steve Loan with the Illinois State Police.

  • Naperville man accused of selling heroin Apr 17, 2014 6:16 PM
    Authorities have accused a 19-year-old man of dealing heroin out of an apartment complex in Naperville. Police said Amari D. Hill transported heroin from the West Side of Chicago to the Naperville area.

  • Addiction experts: Cuts could hurt drug treatment Apr 16, 2014 4:21 PM
    Addiction experts say thousands of Illinois residents could lose drug treatment services if a temporary tax increase expires later next year. State Rep. Lou Lang has started a task force to look at legislative ways to help treatment systems.

  • Aurora heroin addict starts over Apr 8, 2014 5:00 AM
    It didn't take long for Cody Lewis to be consumed by heroin. Every day was the same: Get up sick if he hadn't used in 12 hours. Figure out how to get money. Then drive 35 miles from Aurora to Chicago to score. “I had to use,” he says, “to feel normal, like a regular person.”

  • Fast facts about some obstacles to heroin sobriety Apr 7, 2014 5:55 AM
    Treatment facilities are packed. Inpatient rehab is costly. Insurance companies have refused coverage. Addicts looking to get clean from heroin often face an uphill battle. A quick look at the process, and some of the obstacles to getting sober.

  • Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment Apr 7, 2014 9:05 AM
    As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it — because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won’t pay for inpatient rehab. Some users overcome their addictions in spite of the obstacles. But many, like Salvatore Marchese, struggle and fail.

  • 5 things to know about heroin use, getting help Apr 6, 2014 5:01 AM
    Long a scourge of the back alleys of American life, heroin is spreading across the country. The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February only underscored a problem many American communities already were combating: the rising use of — and deaths from — heroin. Here are five things to know about this issue: 1. Rising use in recent years The number of past-year heroin users in the U.S. has risen from 373,000 in 2007 to 669,000 in 2012, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA. 2. Overdose deaths worry DOJ Overdose deaths involving heroin rose 45 percent between 2006 and 2010, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently described the problem as “an urgent and growing public health crisis,” as he called for more first responders to carry an antidote that can reverse the effects of a heroin overdose. But federal statistics also show that in 2010, heroin accounted for less than 10 percent of all drug overdose deaths. 3. Starting “older” The average age for those using heroin for the first time was 23, according to a 2012 national survey sponsored by SAMHSA. In contrast, it was about 18 for marijuana, 19 for LSD and 20 for cocaine. 4. Harder to find Heroin is considered far more difficult to obtain than other drugs for younger people. In 2012, nearly half of those 12 to 17 in the national SAMHSA survey said it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy” for them to get marijuana. Only about 1 in 10 said heroin would be that readily available. The 2012 survey also found that from 2002 to 2012, all drugs — marijuana, cocaine, crack, LSD and heroin — became less available. In that 10-year period, the availability of heroin fell from nearly 16 percent to 10 percent. 5. Hotlines and help The Partnership at has a toll-free helpline — 1-855-378-4373 (DRUGFREE) — that offers assistance to families concerned about a teen’s drug use or drinking. Trained specialists can help parents outline plans for prevention, intervention and other services. They also can direct parents to local and national resources. The English-Spanish helpline is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time. SAMHSA has a 24-hour hotline — 1-800-662-HELP (4357) — and a directory of more than 11,000 alcohol and drug addiction treatment facilities and programs at

  • A look at heroin use, deaths in some U.S. states Apr 6, 2014 6:02 AM
    In Illinois, heroin’s impact is felt from the suburbs of Chicago to those near St. Louis. In DuPage County, the number of heroin deaths stayed in the 20s each year from 2007 through 2011, then rose to 43 in 2012 and 46 last year. Here's a look at numbers in all our states.

  • Heroin across America: We're all paying Apr 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman spotlighted the reality that heroin is no longer limited to the back alleys of American life. Once mainly a city phenomenon, the drug has spread — gripping postcard villages in Vermont, middle-class enclaves in suburban Chicago, the sleek urban core of Portland, Ore., and places in between and beyond.

  • Hidden no more: Heroin in suburbs Apr 6, 2014 6:01 AM
    What the Daily Herald addressed more than a decade ago as a “Hidden Scourge” is hidden no more. In the years since our first series of extensive reports on the effects of heroin on lives in the suburbs, the deadly addiction has grown relentlessly more visible.

  • Surging heroin deaths across Ill. draw alarm, ire Apr 6, 2014 6:11 AM
    Coroners from the suburbs, Chicago and across Illinois say heroin overdose deaths have spiked in recent years, given the relative cheapness, purity, potency and broad availability of the drug. “We have to firmly get out the message that heroin is a highly addictive drug that will kill you,” said Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County coroner.

  • 16 years in prison for Aurora serial burglar Apr 3, 2014 6:50 PM
    A 50-year-old Aurora man who pleaded guilty to two smash-and-grab burglaries from spring 2013 was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday. Mark E. Swienton was eligible for an extended term of six to 30 years in prison because of his 12 previous felony convictions. Police caught him in the act, after they placed a GPS tracking device on his car.

  • Police equipped with overdose reversal drug save two lives Mar 28, 2014 5:31 AM
    For the second time in less than a week, police officers who participated in a DuPage County program have used the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan to save someone's life. On Wednesday night, two Hanover Park police officers gave Narcan to a 29-year-old man who was overdosing on heroin, according to county health officials. The officers learned how to administer the drug through the DuPage Narcan Program, which is part of the county’s multitiered effort to combat heroin.

  • Chicago man guilty in Carol Stream drug-induced homicide Mar 24, 2014 7:44 PM
    A Chicago man faces between six and 30 years in prison for delivering heroin that killed a Wheaton man in 2011 in a Carol Stream apartment. Judge Blanche Hill Fawell found Malcolm Brown, 25, guilty of drug-induced homicide Monday.

  • Judge to rule on Carol Stream drug induced homicide case Mar 20, 2014 6:32 PM
    A suspected Chicago drug dealer faces between six and 30 years in prison if he is found guilty Friday of supplying the heroin that killed a Wheaton man in 2011. DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell is expected to rule Friday whether Malcolm Brown, 25, sold the heroin that resulted in the overdose death of 38-year-old Stephen Briston, who was found dead in the bathroom of a Carol Stream apartment on July 28, 2011.

  • Elgin father and daughter face drug charges Mar 20, 2014 6:25 PM
    A father and daughter from Elgin are facing drug charges after police were alerted by residents that drug sales might be taking place in the neighborhood. Efrain Perez, 59, and Tavia Perez, 29, both of the 1200 block of Bradley Circle, were arrested Wednesday after police executed a search warrant following a monthlong investigation in which undercover detectives purchased cocaine and heroin from the elder Perez, Police Cmdr. Ana Lalley said in a news release.

  • Heroin addict faces prison for death of Sycamore boy, 11 Mar 20, 2014 4:47 PM
    A 29-year-old man faces up to 14 years in prison for a crash that killed Matthew Ranken, 11, of Sycamore, in February 2013 in Virgil Township. A judge heard testimony Thursday at a sentencing for Benjamin J. Black, of Sycamore, who pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI because he had heroin in his system when he caused a crash that killed the boy. The sentence will be announced next Wednesday.

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