The movie that brought Naperville face to face with its teens’ drug use

In 2013, WBEZ partnered with the Chicago Reader for a series of stories examining how so much heroin gets to Chicago, how it’s distributed, and who gets hurt. As part of the series, I reported on a suburban high school where three students died in a single school year as a result of drug overdoses. Two students from Neuqua Valley High School in suburban Naperville set out to understand why. They asked their classmates about heroin – where they get it and why they use it. The project became a documentary that stunned the well-to-do community.

I also produced and edited an hour-long special for WBEZ hosted by , featuring the series’ stories as well as conversations with the Chicago Reader’s Mick Dumke and Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy Director Kathie Kane-Willis.

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