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Where to get help, information about heroin addiction

Heroin use is a growing problem in Kane County, but there are resources available to those individuals and families affected by addiction.

• Chris’ Walk, an annual walk and awareness rally that also raises funds for local substance abuse prevention programs. Learn more at www.chriswalk.net.

• Ecker Center for Mental Health, provides outpatient mental health services, with offices in Elgin and St. Charles. Learn more at www.eckercenter.org.

• Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, a nonprofit organization with a treatment center in Aurora. Learn more at http://recovergateway.org.

• Hearts of Hope, a nonprofit organization that works for drug-free communities through awareness, education, prevention, advocacy and support. Learn more at www.heartsofhope.net.

• Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University, creates recommendations regarding policymaking decisions about drugs. Learn more at www.roosevelt.edu/icdp.

• International Overdose Awareness Day, held Aug. 31, aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. Learn more at www.overdoseday.com.

• Kane County Drug Rehabilitation Court, allows nonviolent drug offenders to have their charges held in abeyance while they complete rehabilitation. Learn more at www.illinois16thjudicialcircuit.org/drugCourt.aspx.

• National Institute on Drug Abuse helps disseminate research to help improve prevention and treatment. Learn more at www.drugabuse.gov.

• Renz Addiction Counseling Center provides alcohol and substance abuse prevention and treatment services. Learn more at www.renzcenter.org.

• Serenity House Counseling Services Inc. provides substance abuse services. Learn more at www.serenityhouse.com.

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that works to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Learn more at www.samhsa.gov.

• The Partnership at drugfree.org, a nonprofit organization that aims to use the media and research to work for a drug-free America. Learn more at www.drugfree.org.

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