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  • Dad of teen who overdosed trains parents to use antidote Aug 8, 2014 5:25 AM
    Nick Ryan, 20, died Aug. 1 of an apparent heroin overdose in Hinsdale, but his father, a former heroin addict himself, hosted a Naloxone training session Thursday because he said it doesn't have to be that way. “A week ago today was the last time my son was alive. Coulda, woulda, shoulda,” Tim Ryan said Thursday during the training session. "I know he's in a better place."

  • Berlin: DuPage drug-induced homicide cases will only increase Aug 6, 2014 9:08 AM
    DuPage County States Attorney Robert Berlin and his prosecutors are now 2-0 when it comes to prosecuting the relatively new charge of drug-induced homicide. Unfortunately, Berlin said, these first two cases are likely only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nabbing those peddling heroin in the suburbs.

  • Former Naperville heroin addict’s son dies from overdose Aug 5, 2014 7:13 PM
    Tim Ryan’s oldest son wanted to follow his father’s career footsteps into a job as an executive recruiter. Instead, 20-year-old Nicholas “Nick” Ryan wound up following his dad down another path, toward drug addiction. Early Friday morning, at a friend’s house in Hinsdale, Nick overdosed on heroin and died, his father said Monday.

  • Summit woman found guilty in Wheaton heroin death Aug 4, 2014 10:24 PM
    A DuPage County jury deliberated for nearly four hours before finding a Jennifer Nere of Summit guilty of supplying Augustina Taylor of Wheaton with a fatal dose of heroin in 2012. Nere is just the second person to be charged with, tried and convicted on drug-induced homicide charges in DuPage County. “(Taylor) was alive all these hours, then an hour after (Nere) shows up, she’s dead,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Jae Kwon.

  • Heroin overdose confirmed in 2012 Wheaton death Aug 1, 2014 6:53 PM
    Augustina Taylor’s death in the late night hours of June 27, 2012, was caused by a lethal combination of heroin and cocaine. Former DuPage County forensic pathologist Jeff Harkey testified Friday in the drug-induced homicide trial of the friend alleged to have given or sold the heroin to Taylor, Jennifer Nere.

  • Trial begins in Wheaton drug-induced homicide case Jul 31, 2014 7:10 PM
    Augustina Taylor had just more than 24 hours to celebrate her newfound freedom from prison on June 26, 2012, before she again succumbed to her drug addiction demons, authorities say. Prosecutors say it was Taylor’s first “fix” of heroin and cocaine since her release from prison that killed the 32-year-old Wheaton woman. And now the friend who brought it to her, 34-year-old Jennifer Nere, of Summit, is charged with Taylor’s murder.

  • DuPage’s second drug-induced homicide trial to begin Jul 30, 2014 6:46 PM
    The trial of a south suburban woman accused of supplying a fatal dose of heroin to her friend in Wheaton is set to begin Thursday afternoon. Jennifer Nere, 34, of Summit, is charged with one count of drug-induced homicide and one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance.

  • Drug abuse fought in name of St. Charles man who succumbed to heroin Jul 25, 2014 7:56 AM
    The Chris Walk Night Out Against Substance Abuse will be held Saturday in memory of Chris Foley, a St. Charles man who died of a heroin overdose in July 2007 after a 10-year struggle. “The thing with addiction is you’ve got to get people talking about it. It carries a stigma,” said Vicki Foley, Chris’s mom and president of the not-for-profit group ChrisWalk. “Just come out and enjoy the evening. Come out for the fellowship. We’ll hug, share some stories and you’ll go away feeling better.”

  • 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.

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