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  • 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.

  • Treatment centers, insurance work to agree on heroin care Jan 25, 2015 7:30 AM
    When a person wants treatment to end a heroin addiction, insurance shouldn’t hold him back. But sometimes addiction treatment professionals encounter disagreements with insurance companies about whether a patient meets medical criteria for a certain type of care. “Now the philosophy should really be ‘Let’s start the client where the clinical information indicates they need to start,’” said Tom Delegatto, executive director of business development for Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

  • Our series so far at Jan 25, 2015 7:30 AM
    People who run heroin treatment programs, like Jim Scarpace of Gateway Foundation Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Aurora, know they can't be superheroes or work magic for their patients. But they're convinced a regimen of education to build coping skills, medication to ease withdrawal effects and family/community support can be effective in getting users off heroin.

  • Heroin recovery treatment 'a partnership, a collaboration,' counselors say Jan 26, 2015 5:42 AM
    When it comes to heroin addiction treatment, there's no magic formula. But Jim Scarpace, executive director of Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment in Aurora, says it can work -- with a lot of hard work and support. “There is nothing magical we're going to do to you," Scarpace said. "This is a partnership, a collaboration.”

  • Schaumburg heroin addict's daughters hold out hope for mom Jan 9, 2015 7:08 PM
    When Kent and Patty Perry of Schaumburg's daughter first got hooked on heroin in her late 20s, the lives of the Perrys, their daughter and their three granddaughters changed forever. The Perrys now care for their granddaughters, who see two potential futures for their mother. The good future: she recovers from heroin, gets a job, buys a house and comes back into their lives. The bad future: she dies.

  • Deerfield police save overdose victim with anti-opiate Jan 1, 2015 7:38 AM
    Deerfield police have become the first department in Lake County to successfully use an anti-opiate drug to save the life of a heroin overdose victim. That the doses of naloxone were used on Christmas Day made the lifesaving scenario even more poignant, officials said. “The hospital said (the person) would have died if the police had not first administered it,” said Susan McKnight of the Lake County Health Department.

  • Our series so far at Dec 28, 2014 7:30 AM
    If heroin wasn’t illegal, lawmakers would have their work cut out for them. But even with the addictive opiate squarely against the law, politicians say there’s plenty to do to help prevent overdose deaths. “These are normal, typical suburban kids from good, typical suburban families and this is happening to them,” 27th District state Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine said. “It’s such a devastating outcome in so many cases. I felt like I had at least a little bit of a megaphone to highlight this and wanted to use it.”

  • Burglary case shows need to secure pills during home showings Dec 28, 2014 7:30 AM
    A recommendation in a draft action plan developed by 14th District U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren aims to prevent prescription pain pills from being stolen during open houses or from senior living centers and ending up in the wrong hands. The recommendation, on the surface, seems almost overly specific: “Partner with Realtors and senior facilities to ensure readily available prescription painkillers are more tightly controlled.”

  • Kirk gains insight in fight against heroin from former users in Addison Dec 28, 2014 7:49 AM
    “Tell me what you think I don't know,” U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says as he sits down with a group of former heroin users at Serenity House recovery center in Addison. Kirk asks questions and listens. His staffers take notes. He's researching a problem he admits he knows little about by talking directly with those it affects, looking for loopholes he can close or laws he can create to be part of the solution. “I am here because I don't know what I don't know about your world,” Kirk says. But he knows he needs to learn.

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