Drug Overdoses on the Rise in Winnebago County

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- No matter how educated we are on the dangers of doing drugs, people are still becoming hooked, and even dying from an overdose. In fact, we know of at least 11 fatal overdoses in Winnebago County this year, three happened just this weekend.

"I tried a lot of different drugs in my life by heroin took me to my darkest place"

Trisha Humphreys is wearing the same wedding ring she pawned for $60 to buy drugs last year, her family bought the diamond back, but it took months to see her former life return.

"If I could give up something like my wedding ring I knew there was a problem,” Humphreys said.

After six overdoses, a near-death experience and multiple trips to rehab, Humphreys is now nine months sober, and grateful she didn't end up like a lot of her friends. In 2012, more than 100 people died from a drug overdose in Winnebago County, 30 more deaths than in 2011. That number is already at 11 this year, and it's not even February.

"You don’t think it can happen to you.”

Humphreys is now living a normal life in a new home with her husband. She says although she remains clean, she battles her addiction daily.

There are so many stories to share. We had an overwhelming response on our Facebook page when it comes to this topic. Many coming from mothers who say they simply do not know what to do. Some former addicts tell us they have tried to get help, but ended up on a waiting list for treatment.

The reason for a waiting list is that there isn’t enough state funding available right now. Rosecrance tells us Illinois owes the organization $10 million for services already provided. They say they never want to turn someone away, so they fundraise for help.


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