Rosecrance to be featured in series on heroin crisis on ‘NBC Nightly News’ Sept. 7

Online Staff Report

Rockford’s Rosecrance addiction treatment center will be featured on NBC Nightly News with weekend anchor Lester Holt at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 7, as the network continues its in-depth coverage of the nation’s heroin crisis.

A story on Saturday’s Nightly News also looks at the heroin issue, and that report leads into the Sunday story featuring Rosecrance.

NBC reporter Mark Potter and producer Erika Angulo, both veteran award-winning journalists, traveled to Chicago recently to talk with law enforcement officials and others about the problem. The team traced the routes by which heroin is trafficked from Mexico to America’s cities, primarily to Chicago. The Windy City has become the epicenter of the nation’s heroin crisis, making the often-deadly drug cheap and easily accessible here in the Rockford area.

From a treatment perspective, Rosecrance is in the eye of the heroin storm. Admissions of adolescents and young adults for treatment of heroin addiction have risen dramatically in recent years.

Potter interviewed Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer Dr. Thomas Wright, along with 24-year-old Wes T., who’s in recovery after receiving treatment at Rosecrance, and Deb L., the mother of a boy who went through Rosecrance’s residential program for adolescents.

Dr. Wright talked about the nature of heroin addiction and how Rosecrance treats people for heroin dependence. Wes and Deb both debunked the notion of the “Heroin Highway,” which had referred to interstate routes from the suburbs into the inner city, routes used by young people to buy heroin from street dealers. They said heroin is easily obtainable with a phone call in any of Chicago’s suburbs, and no one needs to go to the city anymore to get it.

Producer Angulo said the report featuring Rosecrance is set to air on Sunday, barring other news that could force NBC to reschedule it.

Rosecrance is a private, not-for-profit behavioral health organization based in Rockford. It offers both inpatient and outpatient behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults and families.

Rosecrance provides evidence-based addiction treatment through inpatient programs in Rockford and outpatient services in Rockford and six offices in the Chicago area. Rosecrance offers outpatient mental health treatment services in Rockford. Rosecrance is affiliated with Aspen Counseling & Consulting.

Local facilities include the following:

Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus — Adolescent substance abuse treatment facility, 1601 N. University Drive, Rockford, (815) 391-1000;

Rosecrance Harrison Campus — Adult substance abuse treatment facility, 3815 Harrison Ave., Rockford, (815) 391-1000;

Rosecrance Ware Center — Adult mental health treatment facility, 526 W. State St., Rockford, (815) 391-1000;

Rosecrance Berry Campus — Adolescent mental health treatment facility, 8616 Northern Ave., Rockford, (815) 391-1000;

Rosecrance Belvidere Clinic — Outpatient adult mental health and substance abuse treatment facility, 915 Alexandra Drive, Belvidere, Illinois, (815) 544-4849;

Rosecrance Health Network — Administrative offices, 1021 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, (815) 391-1000;

Rosecrance Hillman Recovery House — Adolescent substance abuse treatment recovery home, 2415 E. State St., Rockford, (815) 391-1000;

Rosecrance Marlowe Recovery House — Adolescent substance abuse treatment recovery home, 1365 N. University Drive, Rockford, (815) 391-1000; and

Rosecrance Greendale Recovery House — Substance abuse treatment recovery house for adults and mothers, 3522 Greendale Drive, Rockford, (815) 391-1000.

Learn more about Rosecrance online at

Follow NBC’s series on the heroin epidemic online at

Posted Sept. 5, 2014

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