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Published on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Loss of son to heroin overdose inspires Heroin crusade

William Michael Roberts died Sept. 20, 2009, of a heroin overdose. Soon after he said goodbye, Roberts began a crusade aimed at the drug that claimed his 19-year-old son's life.

The Homer Glen man partnered with another local father, Brian Kirk, who suffered a similar loss five months earlier. The dads formed the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization, or HERO, a charity whose goals include raising awareness and providing support for addicts and families.

"I call it the epidemic no one is talking about," Roberts said. "People think 'not my kid,' and so did we, but this drug is so seductive, so addictive. It just swallows you up. It's in all our communities. If we do nothing, we have yet to see how bad it can hit us."

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