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3rd man taken into custody in connection with drug-induced homicide of 27-year-old man in Crystal Lake

A third suspect is in custody in connection with a drug-induced homicide where a 27-year-old Crystal Lake man died after purchasing fentanyl pills, court records show. Ryan James, 26, of Crystal Lake, was charged in March with drug-induced homicide and calculated criminal drug conspiracy, both Class X felonies. Jacob Stealy, 25, of Crystal Lake, was […]

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Illinois legislators and advocates push for resources to address fentanyl overdoses

(The Center Square) – State lawmakers and advocates are pushing for more awareness and resources, along with harsher penalties for drug dealers, to address the dangers of fentanyl. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. The precursors for the drug have origins in […]

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McHenry County officials denounce Illinois lawmakers’ efforts to decriminalize fentanyl, heroin and cocaine

The McHenry County state’s attorney, sheriff and coroner are denouncing a bill that has been sent to the Illinois Senate that would decriminalize fentanyl, cocaine and heroin as overdose deaths continue at an “alarming rate.” House Bill 3447 was passed in 2021 by the Illinois House and has since been sent to the Illinois Senate […]

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‘This drug wreaks havoc’: Illinois lawmakers propose bill to increase sentence for drug dealers who sell fentanyl

Illinois lawmakers have introduced legislation that would create the crime of fentanyl trafficking, aiming to enhance sentencing and penalties against dealers who sell fentanyl. The Illinois House last April narrowly passed a measure that lowered the criminal penalties for what they call low-level possession of drugs like fentanyl and heroin. Misdemeanors under the bill include […]

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Fentanyl being mailed to Illinois state prison inmates, leading to overdoses, official says

(The Center Square) – Fentanyl-laced mail is making its way into Illinois’ corrections system, leading to inmate and officer overdoses, and some officials are demanding a change in policy to stop it. Scot Ward, president of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Corrections Lodge 263, said there are ongoing issues concerning the safety of staff […]

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Video released shows officers reviving man who overdosed after 3 teenagers overdosed in Antioch this past weekend

Editor’s Note: The above video could be considered shocking or disturbing to the viewer. Viewer discretion is advised. Police are warning the public after three teenagers overdosed in Antioch this past weekend. Authorities also released a bodycam video showing officers reviving a man who overdosed. The Antioch Police Department said that in light of last […]

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Lake, McHenry counties see spike in overdose deaths, offer free Narcan to residents

Officials in Lake and McHenry counties both have issued warnings about a recent spike in overdose deaths. In McHenry County, the increase was “significant.” The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition issued an alert Friday morning after they were notified of multiple overdose deaths that occurred between May 23 and June 5. “The number of deaths […]

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Group warns about multiple suspected fentanyl overdoses recently in McHenry County

A local coalition issued a warning about multiple recent overdoses in McHenry County where the user did not realize the substance they took was laced with what authorities believe was fentanyl. The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition issued an alert Friday morning after being notified about multiple uses of naloxone to reverse overdoses in the […]