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Drug Overdose

Sonja Workman and Aaron King
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Managers of an overdose recovery program in McLean County say they are making a difference, despite challenges in getting addicts to participate.

OxyContin pills arranged for a photo
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McLean County saw a slight drop in overdose deaths last year, but the coroner said the spread of powerful narcotics remains a problem.

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Mark Lennihan / AP

Drug overdose deaths dropped in McLean County in 2018 after a dramatic rise the year before.

Patti and Rick Penn
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McLean County health officials and law enforcement marked International Overdose Awareness Day on Friday with the planting of 40 memorials outside the Law and Justice Center.

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Rick Bowmer / AP

Medical professionals in Illinois now have to undergo training on how to safely prescribe opioids.

Photo courtesy of Rickielee Benecke

Rickielee Benecke tried to make the most out of her Christmas holiday by spending one-on-one time with each of her four grandchildren. It was the only way she could get through what would be an excruciatingly gut-wrenching holiday.