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When Heroin Hits Home

In this three-part series, "When Heroin Hits Home," The Herald-News takes a closer look at Will County's rise in heroin overdose deaths, the families scarred by the opioid epidemic and how local and state officials are attracting much-needed attention to the crisis.

Day One takes a look at a New Lenox family's journey through relapse and recovery; Day Two focuses on another family's struggle with the loss of their son as a court case in connection with his death drags on; Day Three will look at Will County's upcoming opiate education forum and the Heroin Crisis Act, a game-changing state law designed to address the epidemic.

The articles will be published here as they appear in print. This page is also home to web exclusive videos and photos compiled for the series.


New Lenox couple building life together in recovery

The cold February night air jolted Ali Moore awake as the car door flew open.

Son's overdose death motivates New Lenox father to aid in fight against addiction

The lobby of Peace Lutheran Church is quiet.

Our View: Aggressive approach needed to fight heroin

Count yourself lucky if you live in Will County and haven’t been touched by the heroin epidemic.

Tough Love: A Will County program breaking the cycle of crime

Kristin Love was 16 when she first tried heroin at a party. She kept her addiction a secret for six years, until a drug bust led to her arrest in a McDonald’s parking lot.

Editorial cartoon on heroin

An editorial cartoon comments on heroin's increasing prevalence in the suburbs.

New Lenox family seeks justice in son's drug overdose death

Carol Robinson is reminded every time she walks into the Will County Courthouse of what she lost.

Will County summit to focus on game-changing Heroin Crisis Act

With heroin deaths on the rise, public policy and health officials are turning their attention to a game-changing state law in hopes of painting a clearer picture about the problem’s depth.

Know more

Heroin prevention summit upcoming in Will County

Where to find opiate recovery support groups

Drug-induced homicide cases in Will County

Combating a growing Will County epidemic with education, life-saving treatment

Expanding treatment access under the Heroin Crisis Act

2016 HERO-HELPS-Southwest Coalition Community Summit speakers


'It's about what you do after the relapse'

Dale Burk, of New Lenox, talks about how difficult it is to recover from heroin addiction. The 30-year-old father relapsed recently, but immediately called his sponsor and plugged himself back into recovery.

'I wish he had never come home'

Tom Moore, of New Lenox, retells the story of his son, Jake Moore, who made good grades in school and was active in sports as a kid. Jake struggled with substance abuse from a young age. At age 17, he died of a drug-induced heart arrhythmia.

'Because Brandon matters to me'

Carol and Bill Robinson, of New Lenox, retell the story of their son, Brandon Robinson, who died from a drug overdose in November 2012. A New Lenox man has been charged with drug-induced homicide in connection with his death.

'That's a lot of lives to change'

Julie McCabe-Sterr, drug court coordinator for Will County, and Jim Glasgow, the county's state's attorney, talk about Will County's drug court program. The 18-month-or-longer prison diversion program is designed to break the cycle of addiction.


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Series: Heroin in Will County

Series: Heroin in Will County

Note to readers: This is a four-part series examining the cause of Will County’s record number of heroin-related deaths in 2016 and efforts …
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