Seven drug-related deaths in Rockford in the past week

By Brandon Reid
Senior Assistant Editor

Seven drug-related deaths were reported in Rockford in the past week, according to the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office. Those deaths included the following:

40-year-old male cocaine overdose;

41-year-old male heroin overdose;

62-year-old female methadone overdose (the methadone was not prescribed to her);

51-year-old female heroin overdose;

28-year-old male heroin overdose;

39-year-old male prescription drug overdose (the medication was not prescribed to him); and

21-year-old female heroin overdose.

As Rockford remains near the epicenter of a nation-wide heroin epidemic, 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. The feature is part of the network’s ongoing in-depth coverage of the heroin crisis. Learn more at

For those seeking treatment for a loved one struggling with addiction, contact one of the following local agencies (Note: many of these programs have waiting lists):

Rock River Narcotics Anonymous — 24-hour helpline: (815) 964-5959; or call toll-free, 1-888-656-7329

Rosecrance — (815) 391-1000

Remedies Renewing Lives — (815) 962-0871

Sojourn House (Freeport, Ill.) — (815) 232-5121

Mathers Clinic LLC — (815) 397-7654; Intake: (815) 444-9999

Al Tech Services — (815) 397-3606

Jack Clark’s Family Recovering Community Inc. — (773) 252-2877

Foundations Center — (815) 398-9999; Intake: (815) 637-0509

Restore Counseling and Recovery, Inc. — (815) 708-7392; Intake: (815) 708-8235

KP Counseling Inc. — (779) 368-0060

Quality Addiction Management (Beloit, Wis.) — (608) 361-7200; Intake: (262) 549-6600

Mercy Options Behavioral Health Clinic (Beloit, Wis.) — (608) 365-2709; Intake: (608) 756-5555 or (608) 756-6545

Beloit Health Systems Counseling Care — (608) 364-5686

Some of the above organizations could also use donations so they are able to reach more of those in need.

Learn more about addiction and where to turn for help at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website,, or call toll-free at 877-726-4727.

Posted Sept. 5, 2014

4 thoughts on “Seven drug-related deaths in Rockford in the past week

  • Sep 5, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Very well done putting the resources in this article. Thank you!

    • Sep 6, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      North Love Baptist Church on Riverside has a wonderful Christian based recovery treatment center, RU .My husband struggled with a heroin addiction for 7 years and I am proud to say I married this Man and he has been clean for 6 years. My prayers go out to all that struggle with addiction. This program just isn’t for drugs, it also help with depression, food disorders and many other things. God Bless.

  • Sep 5, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    From someone who has worked in this field for a number of years: “Addicts are unlikely to seek assistance for themselves, so you must do it for them!!” WHAT? Addicts don’t recover UNLESS they want to recover. YOUR getting them assistance is a joke and it doesn’t work. Just like you can take a horse to water but you CAN’T make it drink. You can get the addict ALL the help you want, but they will NEVER recover unless they are determined to do the work. 80% never stop, 19% relapse and approx 1% succeed. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but articles like this make people think it is simple to get an addict help and then all will be better. It is not. Addiction is a disease. Think about all the people that get Stage 4 cancer, then think about how many beat the odds and then how many lose the battle. Drug and alcohol addiction is like that!!

  • Sep 8, 2014 at 11:42 am

    Thank You for adding resources to your article. Almost retired’s comment is only partially correct, he’s right we can only lead them to water… But, the disease of addiction is so mind consuming, that direction and support from loved ones can help save their lives. Having resources to guide them to, Is Helpful. Yes, they must do the “work” to recover, but as a community, we need to share these resources. The Epidemic of Addiction has a firm hold on our community, treating it as a health issue, and decreasing Addiction Stigma, encouraging people instead of looking down upon them is a step in the right direction. My condolences to all the families who lost a loved one here.

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