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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.


  • Medical experts differ how Algonquin woman died in drug-induced homicide trial

    WOODSTOCK – Medical experts testifying before McHenry County jurors in a drug-induced homicide trial Thursday had differing opinions on what caused th ...
    Jan. 13, 2017 - 12:52 am
  • Jurors see texts in connection with Algonquin drug overdose death

    WOODSTOCK – McHenry County prosecutors presented a series of text messages and recorded phone calls to the jury Wednesday documenting alleged narcotic ...
    Jan. 12, 2017 - 12:41 am
  • Boyfriend of Algonquin woman who overdosed testifies in drug-induced homicide trial

    WOODSTOCK – Prosecutors said James Linder was profiting off the addiction of a McHenry County couple when he allegedly sold heroin to the boyfriend of ...
    Jan. 11, 2017 - 12:10 am
  • McHenry man facing heroin charges back in custody after judge disapproves bail money

    WOODSTOCK – A McHenry man facing charges of possessing about 180 grams of heroin is back in custody after a judge disapproved a portion of his bail mo ...
    Oct. 15, 2016 - 12:29 am
  • McHenry County substance abuse coalition spearheads program to provide Narcan to all county police agencies

    All police officers in McHenry County soon will carry a life-saving medication that reverses the effects of a drug overdose.
    Oct. 15, 2016 - 12:24 am
  • Wonder Lake man arrested on traffic, drug charges

    WONDER LAKE – A 32-year-old Wonder Lake man was arrested Thursday on traffic and drug charges, according to a news release from the McHenry County She ...
    Oct. 8, 2016 - 12:44 am
  • On the Record With: A Man in Recovery volunteer Nick Larsen

    McHenry resident Nick Larsen had been using heroin since he was a teenager. Now, he’s working on staying sober and helping others get sober as well.
    Oct. 3, 2016 - 12:34 am
  • Will County Drug Court receives $300,000 federal grant

    JOLIET – The Will County Drug Court has been awarded a $300,000 federal grant to expand services to help combat the growing heroin epidemic.
    Sept. 24, 2016 - 10:42 pm
  • Ex-Crystal Lake man gets 6 years in prison for drug-induced homicide charge

    WOODSTOCK – A former Crystal Lake man was sentenced to six years in prison after he admitted to delivering a fatal dose of heroin to a McHenry woman.
    Aug. 25, 2016 - 12:27 am
  • Judge: McHenry man charged in drug case must prove source of bail money

    WOODSTOCK – A McHenry man facing serious drug charges after police seized about $36,000 worth of heroin from his residence must prove the source of hi ...
    Aug. 17, 2016 - 12:44 am
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