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  • Suburbs’ first OD awareness clinic opens in Arlington Hts. Mar 26, 2015 10:17 AM
    Need naloxone? The drug celebrated for saving the lives of people who overdose on heroin and other opiates will be available at the suburbs' first clinic, opening Thursday in Arlington Hts.

     
  • Lisle man’s answer to heroin: Faith in Jesus Mar 25, 2015 5:30 AM
    Today, Doug Stvan is a Christian, a student in a certificate program at DePaul, a basketball enthusiast and an employee at his dad’s accounting firm. Four years ago, Stvan was a Christian and a heroin addict at the end of himself. Stvan credits his faith in helping with his recovery from a 12-year addiction to heroin. "Heroin is the strongest temptation there is," said Stvan, 34, of Lisle. "I think there’s one answer to that and it’s Jesus Christ.”

     
  • Priest helps heroin addicts heal 'hole in the soul' Mar 24, 2015 12:36 PM
    Rev. Jim Swarthout of Barrington has buried 14 people who died from heroin overdoses in the past three years, but every week he works with others who are addicted to try to prevent them from going down that path. Swarthout, 60, is clergy community coordinator for Rosecrance Health Network, and he's a cross between a priest and an addiction counselor. He's a resource for other clergy members as they deal with addiction issues popping up in their communities.

     
  • Would harder to crush pills help curb drug addiction? Mar 18, 2015 8:16 PM
    Terri Bartlett of McHenry told lawmakers Wednesday her son would have been less likely to go down the path of the drug addiciton that killed him if pills were harder to crush into powder. Bartlett’s son died in 2012 from a heroin overdose, and she said he first became addicted to painkillers.

     
  • 7-year sentence in South Elgin heroin overdose death Mar 12, 2015 1:00 AM
    A South Elgin woman was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednedsday after being convicted of drug induced homicide in the April 2013 death of Abby Nordmeyer. Andrea Nielsen faced up to 30 years in prison after a jury took just 40 minutes to convict her in a January trial. Nielsen's boyfriend, Nicholas Allen, pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

     
  • Survey: Drug, alcohol use not rising in Dist. 220 Mar 11, 2015 5:30 AM
    Alcohol and drug use is decreasing or staying the same among Barrington High School students and the growing number of students who choose to be drug-free say the biggest reason they made their choice was their parents, according to the recent Illinois Youth Survey Data. The survey results were discussed by a panel of school and community leaders and BHS students at a Time 2 Talk event at the high school Tuesday evening.

     
  • Kane coroner: ‘Action plan’ needed to fight heroin Mar 11, 2015 5:30 AM
    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell on Tuesday called for the county to come up with an "action plan" to deal with heroin abuse. "No one in here can take this on by themselves," Russell said at a Batavia forum he co-sponsored with Sheriff Don Kramer.

     
  • Anti-heroin forum set in Batavia Mar 6, 2015 6:11 PM
    The Kane County sheriff and coroner have planned a heroin-education forum for Tuesday night in Batavia. "We need to start thinking about doing more things and different things," Coroner Rob Russell said.

     
  • Lawmakers unveil aggressive plan to curb heroin use Mar 3, 2015 5:55 AM
    A former DuPage County lawmaker says he's seen “too many wakes” as he and others start work trying to win approval for a package of legislation aimed at cutting the number of drug overdose deaths. The proposal includes drug education, increased use of heroin antidotes and a statewide overdose reporting system.

     
  • Lawmakers propose to slow heroin use with new bills Mar 1, 2015 3:36 PM
    A uniform statewide system that tracks drug overdoses could help Illinois address widespread heroin use in the suburbs, a local lawmaker says. While exact details of the program have not been finalized, a proposal to create such a system would be part of a larger legislative package to combat heroin use.

     
  • Schaumburg woman faces charges in death of Bartlett man Feb 11, 2015 1:29 PM
    A Schaumburg woman faces charges of drug-induced homicide in connection with the December 2014 death of a man in St. Charles. Bail for Katharyn Stanish, 23, was set at $150,000 Wednesday. She is accused of providing a fatal dose of heroin and cocaine to Bradley J. Schiller, 23, of Bartlett. If convicted, she faces between six and 30 years in prison.

     
  • Agents find $1.7 million of cocaine, heroin in Naperville man’s apartment Feb 5, 2015 4:20 PM
    DuPage County law enforcement authorities conducting an ongoing investigation into the sale of illegal drugs say they found cocaine and heroin worth $1.7 million in the apartment of a Naperville man. Sergio Vergara-Cardenas, 29, of the 2800 block of Michigan Avenue in Naperville, has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and he could face between 15 and 60 years in jail, authorities said Thursday.

     
  • Lifesaving award for Naperville cops who revived overdose victim Feb 5, 2015 1:41 PM
    A 17-year-old Lisle girl has been given a “second chance” by two Naperville cops who were honored with the police department’s lifesaving award for reviving the girl using the heroin antidote Narcan. “There is no doubt that the quick response by the officers and their use of Narcan contributed to the fact that this young person is alive today,” Marshall said. “Her father said to the police officers, ‘Thank you for giving my daughter a second chance.’”

     
  • Buffalo Grove police team with anti-heroin group to offer treatment, prevention Feb 4, 2015 4:45 PM
    Buffalo Grove police are teaming with Live4Lali, Inc., to build awareness about the abuse of heroin and other opioids in the community and provide resources for treatment, the police department announced Wednesday. “The only real method to avoid a further loss of life from this disease is to prevent an overdose in an emergency and follow up with proper treatment and education,” police said.

     
  • Hanover Park man gets 8 years for heroin death Jan 30, 2015 5:01 PM
    A Hanover Park man has been sentenced to eight years in prison on his guilty plea to a charge of drug-induced homicide in the death of a 15-year-old Bartlett boy on July 10, 2013, prosecutors said.

     
  • Woman guilty in South Elgin heroin overdose death Jan 29, 2015 1:26 PM
    A South Elgin woman faces anywhere from six to 30 years in prison after being convicted of supplying heroin to a woman in 2013 who died from an overdose. A jury took just 40 minutes to convict Andrea Nielsen, 25, of drug induced homicide in the death of Abbey Nordmeyer, 24. Nielsen's boyfriend pleaded guilty last year and received an eight-year sentence.

     
  • Naperville police use heroin antidote to save 17-year-old Jan 29, 2015 3:26 PM
    Newly trained Naperville police officers saved a 17-year-old girl’s life last weekend when they used a drug that reverses the effects of a heroin overdose for the first time. The two patrol officers who responded when the girl’s friend called to report she was unconscious are being credited with saving the teen using a nasal spray version of a drug called Narcan or Naloxone.

     
  • Robert Crown hosting open house this Saturday Jan 28, 2015 9:03 AM
    When it comes to drug prevention, experts say parents often don’t know how to discuss the topic with their kids. The Robert Crown Center for Health Education is offering a simple solution to that problem this weekend by hosting an open house in observance of National Drug Facts Week.

     
  • Naperville forum examines 'what's behind' heroin epidemic Jan 28, 2015 1:00 AM
    Heroin is the buzzword that brought more than 100 people to a forum Tuesday night at Linden Oaks at Edward mental health center in Naperville to learn about the drug and its dangerous consequences. But treatment professionals leading the event said they want to take the conversation beyond the hot topic of heroin and into what leads people to using the dangerous opiate. “I'm hoping some of the conversation changes, driving at what's beneath it,” said Corey Worden, a licensed clinical professional counselor who works as a community liaison at Linden Oaks.

     
  • Teen drug treatment addresses motivation, relationships Jan 25, 2015 7:32 AM
    The younger the heroin user, the less likely he or she is to be in treatment by choice. “The kids, by and large, don’t really want to be here,” said Dr. David Lott, medical director of addiction treatment programs for Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville.

     
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