Bill Myers

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Doctor Zero, How A Single Doctor Became His Own Opioid Crisis Spotlight
Doctor Zero, How A Single Doctor Became His Own Opioid Crisis
January 16, 2019
by Bill Myers

Most epidemics start with a patient zero. Here in northwest Illinois, the opioid epidemic features a doctor zero. About 10 miles west of Dixon, up Route 2 and following the Rock River, under the shadow cast by the husk... Read More

A Failed State, How Illinois’ Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis Spotlight
A Failed State, How Illinois’ Opioid Crisis Collided With a Political Crisis
January 9, 2019
by Bill Myers

For a long time, the police of Ronald Reagan’s hometown did their best to arrest their way out of their drug problem. It became a war of attrition — and the opioids won. A few years ago, Lee County authorities charged... Read More

The Town That Raised Reagan Wants Out of the War On Drugs Spotlight
The Town That Raised Reagan Wants Out of the War On Drugs
January 2, 2019
by Bill Myers
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Opioids have overwhelmed rural Illinois. Desperate, the cops in Ronald Reagan’s hometown have stopped arresting people and started getting them help. In an exclusive series, The Well News looks at “Safe Passage,” a... Read More

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