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Police team up to fight heroin in Southland

More than 220 law enforcement officials from 86 agencies gathered Tuesday for a forum at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills on the growing epidemic of heroin use.

Forum addresses ‘the devil’ — heroin

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“Heroin is the devil. It consumes you. It’s not worth it.” Those were the words of Jessica Skierkiewicz, 23, of Oak Forest, a recovering drug addict who had been sitting and listening attentively Wednesday night during a drug forum at Sandburg High School in Orland …

Bolingbrook forum to shed light on   suburban heroin use

BOLINGBROOK — Residents are encouraged to be a part of the audience at an Oct. 18 live cable TV community forum that will address the growing heroin problem among teens and young adults in the suburbs. The “Bridging the Gap” conversation, which will be led …

Heroin epidemic symposium to be held at L-Way Central

NEW LENOX — In the wake of the heroin-related deaths of two New Lenox teenagers this year, an educational symposium will be held Sept. 27 to address what local officials perceive as a heroin epidemic in Will County. All ages are invited to attend the …

Police, schools, parents all play role in anti-drug crusade

As use of heroin among young people in the Southland rises, law enforcement officials hope that parents and schools will enlist in the drug battle.

Painkiller abuse causes more pain

If you have absorbed recent news about various drug-induced epidemics, there’s no way around the obvious — we are a drug-addled country and getting more so with every pill we swallow. The latest research indicates that many Chicago suburbs are awash in prescription painkillers and …

Recovering addicts thankful for their Blue Island home away from heroin

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Recovering heroin addicts find hope at Affordable Recovery Housing in Blue Island.

Broader audience for heroin in Southland as drug becomes more ‘user-friendly’

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Groups that treat heroin addiction see the problem growing, but there are concerns funding to battle substance abuse is shrinking.

Orland Park man, now in recovery, a poster child for heroin problem

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The road to hell runs up Kyle Dunn’s right forearm. His white skin is marked by blackened veins and pin-prick scars, evidence of a curse that is his to bear. Just months ago, the Orland Park man was boiling heroin in a cooker and shooting …

Hundreds attend rally against heroin use in Will Co.

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ROMEOVILLE — Young voices spoke with moving realism. Professionals spoke with grave concern. Grieving fathers reflected on their losses. And hundreds of visitors heard their message: Heroin is an epidemic in Will County. “Too many of our citizens are dying, and it’s up to all …

Orland Township to host drug symposium

On May 2 at Sandburg High School, Orland Township will host a public symposium on alcohol and drug use and abuse.

Road to recovery from heroin addiction includes relapses

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HOMER GLEN — Addicted to opiates, Bill Patrianakos was working for a tyrant. He felt compelled to steal and make counterfeit money to satisfy his drug habit. His friend overdosed. He himself overdosed. He seemed out of control. He was under the tyrant’s control. That …

Heroin in Will County: ‘We never worried about the consequences’

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JOLIET — Ricky Weese and Lauren Norberg used to date — and they used to steal to support their heroin habits.

“We robbed his parents. We manipulated everybody. Took out (multiple vehicle) title loans, intentionally bounced checks from my account,” the 24-year-old Norberg said. “Nothing …

Police on heroin: ‘The poison brings crime’

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JOLIET — The 26-year-old Gardner man was laying between two vehicles in the Taco Bell parking lot when he was found.

His girlfriend came out to get her phone from the car and ended up calling 911. Police reports indicate he was “foaming at the …

Heroin problem only getting worse

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HOMER GLEN — John Roberts watched his son come home from work at night, drained with fatigue. Inside his mind, the son was languishing in another kind of night, isolated, foreign, hopeless.

Heroin was the night within.

Roberts thought that his son, Billy, was tired …

Heroin leaves deadly mark on Will County

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HOMER GLEN — Billy Roberts had a work ethic and dreams, a watchful father and mother and a nice home in a spacious subdivision, but his life was being destroyed by drugs. He fought repeatedly to recover, but the urge kept returning, until a heroin …