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  • 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 dailyherald.com/more 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 25, 2015 8:28 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.

  • 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.

  • How suburban politicians fight heroin with forums, funding Dec 28, 2014 8:42 AM
    Politicians say there's plenty to do in the fight against heroin. “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.”

  • Our series so far at dailyherald.com/more 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.”

  • Durbin asks for help battling heroin epidemic Dec 24, 2014 10:05 AM
    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and other senators are asking the federal Health and Human Services Department for more help in battling what they say is an epidemic of heroin use.

  • Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin Dec 19, 2014 11:58 AM
    In response to the rise in local heroin use, educators say classroom scare tactics about the perils of drugs in general are evolving into lessons that take a science-based look at addiction and opioids, including heroin. “Our kids are so sophisticated today,” says DuPage County Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti. “It's a whole different type of learning going on.”

  • Naperville nonprofit puts faith in parents to stem heroin's tide Dec 1, 2014 5:33 AM
    What's the answer to the heroin problem? It could be parents. One nonprofit organization is putting faith in parents as the solution to the opioid epidemic in the suburbs. “We are optimistic that families have the power to help their child make the right decision,” said Diane Overgard, project manager of ParentsMatterToo, a nonprofit education and support group in Naperville.

  • Suburban nonprofit groups strike back against heroin Dec 1, 2014 5:30 AM
    Nonprofit efforts against the heroin epidemic are taking a variety of forms as people affected by the drug work to raise awareness of its dangers, promote sober living and prevent others from using. Maybe it’s a sister motivated by a brother’s death or a health agency doing its part or a ramped-up drug prevention campaign. Here’s a look at several suburban nonprofits addressing the heroin problem.

  • DuPage receives $70,000 donation to fight heroin Nov 28, 2014 4:33 PM
    Moved by the actions of an Oak Brook man who lost his grandson to heroin, a group has donated $70,000 to a DuPage County program that equips police officers with the opiate overdose reversal drug Narcan. The Friends of Ed Heil group, which is coordinated by the Palumbo Family Foundation, made its donation to the DuPage Narcan program earlier this week during a county board meeting.

  • DuPage jury finds Chicago man guilty of drug charges Nov 15, 2014 12:13 AM
    A DuPage County jury is currently deciding the fate of the Chicago man prosecutors say was the first lieutenant of a massive heroin distribution network in Cook and DuPage counties for the past several years. Terrence Steele, 37, of Chicago is charged with nine counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, one count of racketeering and conspiracy and one count of racketeering.

  • DuPage drug cops 'making a difference' in heroin fight Oct 30, 2014 5:05 AM
    In the fight against heroin in the suburbs, the agents of the DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group work in the middle of the supply chain to take down dealers who bring the drug to users in the county. “We are the middle guys,” DUMEG Director Mark Piccoli said. “We investigate drug cases from the supply angle.”

  • Suburban police no longer feeling ‘helpless’ against heroin Oct 28, 2014 4:33 PM
    Police chiefs who are leading the fight against heroin in the suburbs know it's their job to arrest dealers and users. But there's more to it than enforcement of drug laws, they say. “The law enforcement end, that’s not the solution. It’s a part of the solution, but it’s not the entire solution,” Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said. “There has got to be public information.”

  • Nine years for woman who supplied fatal dose of heroin in Wheaton Oct 15, 2014 4:55 PM
    A 34-year-old Summit woman was sentenced to nine years in prison Wednesday for supplying her friend with a fatal dose of heroin in 2012 in Wheaton. Jennifer Nere will be required to serve 75 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole. She also will receive credit for 419 days already spent in custody, DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin said. Nere was just the second person to be charged with, tried and convicted on drug-induced homicide charges in DuPage. A jury of 12 also convicted Nere in August of the lesser charge of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance. “This is not a typical case of homicide as we know it,” said Assistant State’s Attorney Jae Kwon. “It’s sad all the way around. This case has devastated multiple families.” Nere brought heroin to her friend, 32-year-old Wheaton resident Augustina Taylor, during the late-night hours of June 27, 2012, following a family party celebrating Taylor’s release after a year in prison. In the early morning hours of June 28, 2012, Taylor was found dead in her mother’s bathroom. Her death was ruled an overdose from a mixture of cocaine and heroin. Guerin called the interaction between Taylor and Nere that night a “deadly game of Russian roulette.” “But the focus today is not on the victim’s actions. For that she lost her life,” Guerin said. “And the defendant must pay with her freedom.” A teary-eyed Nere addressed Taylor’s family when given a chance to speak. “I’m very sorry. That was a stupid decision that I made,” Nere said. “I never want to touch drugs again. I miss my kids more than anything.” During the trial, prosecutors played a video and read a letter in which Nere admitted to bringing Taylor the “rock and blow” in an old sock she had previously used to wipe blood from one of her own track marks. Nere’s attorney, David Gaughan, sought the minimum sentence of six years. “The best hope to come from this tragedy is that Jennifer gets out and helps the next Tina or Jennifer get off drugs or keeps the next Tina or Jennifer from getting into drugs,” Gaughan said. Prosecutors said the case is yet another difficult story about the use of heroin in the county. “While we have made some progress in educating the public about the dangers of heroin use, we continue to see an alarming rate of heroin overdose deaths,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin said in a news release. “The circumstances of this case are particularly disheartening considering that the defendant and the victim were friends.”

  • Woman to be sentenced in Wheaton heroin overdose death Oct 14, 2014 1:45 PM
    A Summit woman found guilty of supplying her friend with a fatal dose of heroin in 2012 in Wheaton will face between six and 30 years in prison when she is sentenced Wednesday morning. DuPage County Judge Daniel Guerin, who last month denied Jennifer Nere’s attorney’s request for a new trial, will sentence Nere at 9 a.m.

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