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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.


  • 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
  • Algonquin man arrested on heroin, morphine charges

    An Algonquin man was arrested this week in Kane County for possession of heroin and morphine.Antoni ...
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 2:57 pm
  • Trial set for Wauconda man facing drug-induced homicide charge in McHenry County

    WOODSTOCK – A Wauconda man who allegedly sold a fatal dose of heroin that killed a Port Barrington man will face a jury in March.
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 2:57 pm
  • Another view: Big Pharma and opiate addiction

    Today’s nationwide epidemic of opiate addiction was spawned in part by doctors who, with the best of intentions, wanted to help patients in pain, and ...
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 2:57 pm
  • Crystal Lake man gets 6 years in prison for selling lethal dose of heroin to 20-year-old man

    WOODSTOCK — A Crystal Lake man will spend six years in prison after he admitted to selling heroin to a 20-year-old man who died.
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 2:58 pm
  • Surge in drug-affected newborns driven by rural opioid use

    CHICAGO – A surge in U.S infants born with symptoms of withdrawal from heroin or strong prescription painkillers is driven largely by rising drug use ...
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 2:58 pm
  • Grim tally of overdose deaths soars as life expectancy falls

    NEW YORK – More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.The disastro ...
    Jan. 9, 2017 - 2:58 pm
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