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

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