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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Heroin Use On The Rise In Affluent Western Suburbs

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 || Originally Published: Wednesday Journal, Inc. || 5/3/16 || By Tim Inklebarger Heroin use and the abuse of prescription opioid medication is on the rise nationwide, and evidence of its impact in Chicago’s suburban communities is seeping into public spaces. A 36-year-old man was found dead last week in the stall of a second-floor bathroom at a Kohl’s department store, 2200 … Continue reading Heroin Use On The Rise In Affluent Western Suburbs