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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. ]]> Sun, 25 Nov 2012 11:47:12 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/15925851-418/police-team-up-to-fight-heroin-in-southland.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/15925851-418/police-team-up-to-fight-heroin-in-southland.html <![CDATA[ Forum addresses ‘the devil’ — heroin ]]> Lead story image

“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 Park. Orland Park police Cmdr. John Keating held the attention of a crowd of about 200 people as he delved into the subject of growing heroin and drug traffic going through Orland Park and other suburbs. Keating, along with at least two dozen Orland Park officials and a panel that included former drug addicts, experts … ]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:50:11 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/12280387-418/forum-addresses-the-devil-heroin.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/12280387-418/forum-addresses-the-devil-heroin.html <![CDATA[ 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 by cable television talk show host Leroy Brown, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Bolingbrook Village Hall Board Room, 375 W. Briarcliff. “They’re targeting students more and more these days because it’s such an affordable drug,” said Brown, who also serves as school safety coordinator for Valley View School District. “The kids are oblivious … ]]> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 06:05:13 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/15544821-418/bolingbrook-forum-to-shed-light-on-suburban-heroin-use.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/15544821-418/bolingbrook-forum-to-shed-light-on-suburban-heroin-use.html <![CDATA[ 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 event from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lincoln-Way Central High School auditorium, 1801 E. Route 30. It is hosted by the village of New Lenox, its Safe Communities America Coalition, the New Lenox Police Department and Will County HELPS (Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions). A resource fair will be from 6 to 7 p.m., … ]]> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 06:04:33 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/15121218-418/heroin-epidemic-symposium-to-be-held-at-l-way-central.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/15121218-418/heroin-epidemic-symposium-to-be-held-at-l-way-central.html <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 08:04:10 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/12005732-418/police-schools-parents-all-play-role-in-anti-drug-crusade.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/12005732-418/police-schools-parents-all-play-role-in-anti-drug-crusade.html <![CDATA[ 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 the dependency that can follow. This comes shortly after regional health care leaders raised the alarm about the startling rise in heroin use among Chicago-area teens. As fretful as you might be about heroin stalking kids, be even more alarmed about the prescription painkillers — principally oxycodone, sold as OxyContin, and hydrocodone, known better as … ]]> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 11:44:07 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/12276411-474/painkiller-abuse-causes-more-pain.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/12276411-474/painkiller-abuse-causes-more-pain.html <![CDATA[ Recovering addicts thankful for their Blue Island home away from heroin ]]> Lead story image

Recovering heroin addicts find hope at Affordable Recovery Housing in Blue Island. ]]> Sun, 03 Jun 2012 08:01:18 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11942583-418/recovering-addicts-thankful-for-their-blue-island-home-away-from-heroin.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11942583-418/recovering-addicts-thankful-for-their-blue-island-home-away-from-heroin.html <![CDATA[ Broader audience for heroin in Southland as drug becomes more ‘user-friendly’ ]]> Lead story image

Groups that treat heroin addiction see the problem growing, but there are concerns funding to battle substance abuse is shrinking. ]]> Wed, 30 May 2012 08:02:35 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11980103-418/broader-audience-for-heroin-in-southland-as-drug-becomes-more-user-friendly.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11980103-418/broader-audience-for-heroin-in-southland-as-drug-becomes-more-user-friendly.html <![CDATA[ Orland Park man, now in recovery, a poster child for heroin problem ]]> Lead story image

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 himself up. After years of drug abuse, he had gotten clean about two years ago. But the 23-year-old had a temporary relapse in November. “I should be dead for how much heroin I’ve done,” Dunn said matter-of-factly. “There’s a lot of people who have died who haven’t had as many chances as me. I should … ]]> Mon, 28 May 2012 08:01:51 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11867628-418/orland-park-man-now-in-recovery-a-poster-child-for-heroin-problem.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11867628-418/orland-park-man-now-in-recovery-a-poster-child-for-heroin-problem.html <![CDATA[ Hundreds attend rally against heroin use in Will Co. ]]> Lead story image

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 of us to stop the senseless deaths,” County Executive Larry Walsh said. Two local groups organized a large community forum Friday at Lewis University: HERO, the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization; and HELPS, an acronym for Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions. The forum brought in speakers from law enforcement, the judiciary, government, health care, science, … ]]> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 01:51:18 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11554092-418/hundreds-attend-rally-against-heroin-use-in-will-co.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11554092-418/hundreds-attend-rally-against-heroin-use-in-will-co.html <![CDATA[ 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. ]]> Sat, 19 May 2012 08:12:53 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11962505-418/orland-township-to-host-drug-symposium.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11962505-418/orland-township-to-host-drug-symposium.html <![CDATA[ Road to recovery from heroin addiction includes relapses ]]> Lead story image

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 old life was not freedom. However, Patrianakos has freedom in his life today. He is recovered from his addiction, he has been free from drugs for years, and he now is a Web developer, close to earning a bachelor’s degree in computer science at DeVry University. He is on the board of directors of the … ]]> Mon, 14 May 2012 08:17:22 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11863434-418/road-to-recovery-from-heroin-addiction-includes-relapses.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11863434-418/road-to-recovery-from-heroin-addiction-includes-relapses.html <![CDATA[ Heroin in Will County: ‘We never worried about the consequences’ ]]> Lead story image

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 mattered. We never worried about the consequences.” While he was growing up on the East Side, Weese, 27, saw his father regularly drink and smoke marijuana, he says. So,the people he felt more comfortable around by the time he was in junior high were those doing drugs. “I was 12 when I started smoking weed, … ]]> Sun, 13 May 2012 10:29:18 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11845390-418/heroin-in-will-county-we-never-worried-about-the-consequences.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11845390-418/heroin-in-will-county-we-never-worried-about-the-consequences.html <![CDATA[ Police on heroin: ‘The poison brings crime’ ]]> Lead story image

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 mouth, conscious and bleeding from a track mark in his arm.” While it took paramedics to make sure he survived, it didn’t take a detective to figure out what happened March 24. Especially after the victim admitted he’d been a heroin addict for two years and had just shot up in the bathroom and flushed … ]]> Sat, 12 May 2012 08:13:03 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11820761-418/police-on-heroin-the-poison-brings-crime.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11820761-418/police-on-heroin-the-poison-brings-crime.html <![CDATA[ Heroin problem only getting worse ]]> Lead story image

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 after working long hours. Billy sometimes worked day and night, covering co-workers’ shifts. He saved money. He wanted to buy a car. He wanted to go back to high school. Heroin took the life out of those goals, and then it took Billy’s life on Sept. 20, 2009. He was 19. That year, 29 people … ]]> Fri, 11 May 2012 08:06:31 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11794760-418/heroin-problem-only-getting-worse.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11794760-418/heroin-problem-only-getting-worse.html <![CDATA[ Heroin leaves deadly mark on Will County ]]> Lead story image

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 overdose brought on the sleep of death. Heroin is a killer and a liar. Under the appearance of sleep, it slowed down his system, it stopped his heart, it took his life at age 18. The young Homer Glen resident thought he could control heroin, but heroin ended up controlling him. He sought euphoria, but … ]]> Thu, 10 May 2012 08:07:19 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11737496-418/heroin-leaves-deadly-mark-on-will-county.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/news/heroininthesuburbs/11737496-418/heroin-leaves-deadly-mark-on-will-county.html