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Heroin in McHenry County: A Northwest Herald project

In recent years, an epidemic has swept McHenry County. 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 the Northwest Herald's ongoing coverage of that conversation.


  • Judge denies lower bond for McHenry man accused in fatal overdose

    WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge will not lower the bond of a 65-year-old McHenry man facing a drug-induced homicide charge.
    March 7, 2017 - 11:46 pm
  • Zion man sentenced to 28 years in Algonquin heroin overdose death plans appeal

    WOODSTOCK – A Zion man sentenced to 28 years in prison on a drug-induced homicide charge in connection with an Algonquin woman’s heroin overdose death ...
    March 3, 2017 - 12:34 am
  • 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. 7, 2017 - 12:02 am
  • 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 - 11:41 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 - 11:52 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 - 12:50 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 - 12:09 am
  • Trial to begin for Zion man facing drug-induced homicide charge

    WOODSTOCK – A trial will begin Monday for a Zion man accused of providing a fatal dose of heroin to 21-year-old Danielle Barzyk.
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 2:58 pm
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