On The Frontlines Of The Opioid Crisis

Monday, December 18, 2017 || By Tim Inklebarger/Wednesday Journal || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Vincent Palacios, a heroin addict in Chicago, has been receiving services from the Chicago Outreach Intervention Project for years. | Timothy Inklebarger 

On a chilly Monday afternoon in the West Side neighborhoods of Austin and West Garfield Park, the streets are quiet.

“Need rigs? Need rigs?” Vincent Lee, an outreach worker with the Chicago Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP), a program run by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, calls out the window of COIP’s mobile services van to one of his regular clients.

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