Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Local student filmmakers Kelly McCutcheon and Jack Kapson surpass Kickstarter fundraising goal for their documentary "Neuqua on Drugs," which tells the uncut story of Naperville's youth drug culture.
Nearly all summer Naperville student filmmakers Kelly McCutcheon and Jack Kapson watched their online fundraiser inch closer and closer to $5,000 – the amount needed to put their “Neuqua on Drugs” documentary onto DVD. And finally, last week, it happened. Not only did they reach their goal of $5,000, they surpassed it thanks to a Kickstarter campaign and support from donors in Naperville and across the country. Kickstarter is an online funding platform for various types of projects, which gives artists and creators a certain amount of time to meet their funding goal. Earlier: Student Filmmakers Tell Raw, Uncut Story of Naperville Youth Drug Culture “Neuqua on Drugs,” which tells the uncut story of Naperville’s youth drug culture, was …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert joined local officials Monday night in hosting a heroin prevention and education forum at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Heroin. Just the word alone can be intimidating to hear. But for many teens in Naperville and surrounding communities, it has been accepted as the drug of choice. After seven deaths due to overdoses within the past year and a series of educational forums that followed, parents and officials are becoming well aware of the drug’s popularity and dangers. “Heroin abuse has reached alarming levels in Naperville and in our communities throughout the past year,” said U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert Monday night at a heroin forum at North Central College's Wentz Hall. “We must stop heroin use in its tracks before warning signs turn into body bags.” Biggert was one of nine panelists to speak at last night’s event focusing on heroin prevention and education…
Thursday, May 31, 2012
"Neuqua on Drugs" documentary reveals Naperville's drug problem encompasses bigger and deeper issues than solely heroin.
[Editor's note: In March Patch featured a Lisle family who struggled with their teenage son's recreational drug use. While this film focuses on Neuqua Valley High School students, we recognize these issues aren't contained to a single community.] Cocaine, ecstasy, whippits, Adderall, meth, MDMA, acid, magical mushrooms, marijuana - the list went on. About 30 other types of drugs students said they have tried were rattled off during the opening moments of the documentary “Neuqua on Drugs,” which played last night at 95th Street Library. Within those first minutes of the film, students made it clear that Naperville’s drug problem can’t be solely pinned on heroin. “It’s a whole culture that people get into,” said one student in the film…
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Those on all sides of the issue believe that active involvement from parents and community members is the best weapon to offer young people against substance abuse.
One day last fall, the mother of a former student at Lisle Senior High School picked up the phone to learn some of the worst news a mother could hear. The call was one of her son's friends, warning, "You gotta do something, ‘cause he’s gonna end up dead." At first she believed her son's friend was exaggerating—she had recently learned her son was abusing alcohol and marijuana. She enrolled him in counseling, and believed he was improving. But the friend's next words filled her with dread, "No he's into heroin." A conversation about substance abuse spreads through the western suburbs After a 17-year-old Neuqua Valley student was charged with unlawful delivery of a controlled substance in Naperville in early February, hundreds of …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Hundreds of people attended a Monday night program at the 95th Street Library, which offered statistics, information on heroin and graphic images of drug deaths.
The recent arrest of a 17-year-old Naperville teen charged with dealing heroin, coupled with e-mails sent by Naperville district 203 and 204 as well as Lisle District 202, led to a massive turnout Monday night for a program about heroin’s grip on the area. Naperville Police Chief David Dial started the program at the 95th Street Library by sharing the harsh statistic that Will County has had eight heroin-related deaths since the start of the year. “I’m told young people, they don’t know what they are getting into,” Dial said. “… They know the difference between right and wrong and they know it’s illegal. They think they can beat it, but they can’t.” Detective Mike Umbenhower said police are the last line of defense when dealing with a …