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Heroin in northern Illinois: A My Suburban Life project

In recent years, an epidemic has swept the west suburbs. The growing presence of heroin in Chicago suburban communities and subsequent awareness and prevention efforts by local government and nonprofit organizations has led to a public conversation about the drug and its impact.

This landing page is a hub for Suburban Life's ongoing coverage of that conversation.

Stories

  • In suburbs, heroin and opioid epidemic moving 'faster than we can deal with it'

    ROMEOVILLE – The consensus of a summit on the heroin and opioid epidemic in Illinois is that the fight to prevent drug use and overdoses is long from ...
    April 21, 2017 - 5:53 pm
  • Drug trailer asks parents to examine their own teens' rooms

    NEW LENOX – The inside of the 8-by-16-foot trailer is designed to look like the typical teenage boy’s bedroom.
    April 19, 2017 - 10:59 pm
  • Addiction in the suburbs series: Co-occurring substance, mental health issues are treatable

    Individuals who are diagnosed with a mental illness like depression or anxiety face a higher risk of developing substance abuse problems, but help is ...
    March 14, 2017 - 11:22 am
  • Judge denies lower bond for McHenry man accused in fatal overdose

    WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge will not lower the bond of a 65-year-old McHenry man facing a drug-induced homicide charge.
    March 7, 2017 - 11:43 pm
  • Zion man sentenced to 28 years in Algonquin heroin overdose death plans appeal

    WOODSTOCK – A Zion man sentenced to 28 years in prison on a drug-induced homicide charge in connection with an Algonquin woman’s heroin overdose death ...
    March 3, 2017 - 12:33 am
  • Will County's new substance abuse initiative director talks opioid epidemic

    As the use of heroin and other opiods spread around the country, a new county official is making it her job to stem the tide in Will County.
    March 13, 2017 - 10:41 am
  • Will County schools, nonprofits focusing on heroin prevention

    Note to readers: This is the third installment of a four-day series examining the cause of Will County’s record number of heroin-related deaths in 201 ...
    Feb. 27, 2017 - 10:32 pm
  • Addiction in the suburbs series: 5 myths about teen substance abuse

    We love our kids, don’t we? In my experience, the vast majority of parents truly don’t believe their kids will be the ones who get caught up in substa ...
    Feb. 28, 2017 - 7:40 am
  • Heroin use made more deadly with fentanyl

    Note to readers: This is the first installment of a four-day series examining the cause of Will County’s record number of heroin-related deaths in 201 ...
    Feb. 25, 2017 - 10:53 pm
  • 2 men charged in drug overdose death of Addison man

    A Glen Ellyn man and an Addison man are each being held in the DuPage County Jail on a $1 million bond after being charged in the drug overdose death ...
    Feb. 22, 2017 - 9:05 pm