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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.


  • 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
  • McHenry man facing drug-induced homicide charges

    McHENRY – A 65-year-old McHenry man has been charged with drug-induced homicide in connection with the death of a man who may have ingested heroin bef ...
    Feb. 6, 2017 - 11:37 pm
  • Wonder Lake man accused of selling heroin while out on bond for drug charges

    WOODSTOCK — A Wonder Lake man facing serious drug charges was arrested again after he allegedly sold heroin while free on bond.
    Feb. 3, 2017 - 11:52 pm
  • Wauconda man gets 8 years in prison for drug-induced homicide charge

    WOODSTOCK – A Wauconda man was sentenced to eight years in prison after he admitted to delivering a fatal dose of heroin to a Port Barrington man.
    Feb. 2, 2017 - 11:39 pm
  • Ex-Algonquin man charged in connection with girlfriend's heroin OD death headed to prison

    WOODSTOCK – A former Algonquin man charged in connection with his 21-year-old girlfriend’s heroin overdose death will spend time behind bars now that ...
    Feb. 1, 2017 - 11:54 pm
  • Opioid deaths on the rise in DuPage County

    The number of opioid-related deaths in DuPage County continues to increase.In total, there were 78 o ...
    Jan. 25, 2017 - 8:03 pm
  • 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