The DuPage Coalition Against Heroin has dedicated resources to fight substance abuse and addition in the County.  Due to the alarming increase in deaths due to opioid use and overdose, the Coalition supports programs around the County to increase awareness, educate youth and families, and provide safe disposal for prescription pain pills.  Additionally, DuPage County Coalition Against Heroin is committed to connecting people with resources and to supporting families fighting addition.  The following programs are among those supported by the Coalition.

To get help or a referral to services, please call 630-627-1700.

The Robert Crown Center for Health Education motivates and educates children and youth to lead healthy, happy and safe lives. RCC envisions a world in which all children and youth are equipped with the knowledge, attitudes and skills to positively impact the health of their minds and bodies. The Robert Crown Center Heroin Prevention Program focuses on primary prevention, providing middle school and high school students, their parents and school staff with the scientific and social/emotional learning content to understand the risk of drug use, specifically targeting prescription pain medication and heroin. Learn more about the Robert Crown Center for Health Education

DuPage County Health Department has the following 2 programs for Narcan overdose prevention.

The DuPage Narcan Program (DNP), approved by the Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) in September 2013, is the first county-wide overdose prevention program in the State of Illinois. The DNP is a collaborative effort among the DuPage County Coroner, Chiefs of Police Association, Sheriff, State’s Attorney and Health Department that was initiated by a dramatic increase in heroin deaths in June 2013. The DNP has since trained police departments within and outside of DuPage County to meet the needs of our local and regional law enforcement partners. The DNP focuses primarily on training law enforcement but also has trained school districts and other social services agencies. Learn more about the DuPage Narcan Program

Project Connect offers additional intervention, as well as support and treatment opportunities to those who have recently had their lives saved through the DuPage Narcan Program. Someone is available to respond, 24/7 and 365 days a year; for information call (630) 627-1700.

The mission of the DuPage County Drug court program is to strive for better outcomes by longer tenure in substance abuse treatment programs producing better outcomes.  Drug Courts are proven to retain offenders in treatment considerably longer than most other correctional programs.  We also strive to provide our participants with quality treatment which is a critical consideration and shows significantly better outcomes.  Drug Court strives to break the cycle of addiction that drives criminal behavior of the non-violent drug user.  Through the coordinated efforts of the Judiciary, Drug Court team members, Community Service Providers, supportive family and friends, the drug court participant is integrated back into their communities to give back, support their families, and pay taxes, thus breaking the cycle of addiction and crime. Learn more about the Drug Court program

The DuPage County Sheriff’s First Step Program can help families take the first step in preventing and addressing drug use with their children by providing them with an opportunity to verify if a suspicious substance is actually a drug without the fear of legal action, anonymously, and free of charge.

Parents who find what they believe to be drugs in their home can call the Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory at 630.407.2100 and tell them they are interested in the First Step program. The caller will be told how to properly package and deliver the substance to the laboratory. In most cases the caller will be asked to affix an identification number to the packaging. This number serves as a safeguard in the event the parent is stopped by police while en route to the Sheriff’s Office.

If drugs are found in the submitted sample, parents will be encouraged to contact one of the drug rehabilitation and referral services provided to them by the Department of Human Services. No legal action will be taken. Learn more about the Sheriff’s First Step Program