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Opioid crisis

Opioid crisis
Opioid crisis

Opioid-Related Deaths Still High After A Brutal 2020 — And The West Side Remains The Epicenter Of The Crisis

Black communities continue to be hit hard by opioid deaths. Community groups are saving lives, but officials say big policy changes are needed to prevent more deaths.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Want To Fight The Opioid Epidemic In Chicago? A New Program Trains You To Be A Community Health Worker

Students will primarily focus on the West Side and work with mentors and clinicians to connect people and their families to resources.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Side Overdoses Surge As Coronavirus Shutdown Makes It Harder To Access Addiction Help

About 1,400 people in Cook County have died of opioid overdoses, already surpassing last year's death toll.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

From Murders To Suicides To Coronavirus, An ‘Unprecedented’ Number Of People Are Dying In Cook County

“People who live outside these communities need to see these numbers and have that gut punch feeling to understand what is happening to Black and Brown people," a community organizer said.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Opioid Overdoses Keep Surging in Chicago, Killing Black People On The West Side

Half of Cook County’s confirmed opioid-related deaths have been among Black residents, even though they make up less than a quarter of the county’s population. Officials warn that the COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed the crisis.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale