Man’s Heroin Overdose Death Prompts Action From Grandparents

BURR RIDGE, Ill. (WBBM) — The death of a 24-year-old Chicago area man due to a heroin overdose has prompted the victim’s grandparents to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars for education and prevention projects.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports, Burr Ridge residents Roger and Nadeane Hruby have donated $340,000 to form the Reed Hruby Heroin Prevention Project with the goal towards stopping the growing trend of heroin use and death.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Mary Frances Bragiel reports

“Reed’s death changed our lives,” Reed’s aunt, Brenda Giesel, said in a news release. “Heroin addiction doesn’t just affect the addict. It rips the fabric of the entire family. We are willing to share our tragedy in order to prevent just one child from using heroin.”

Their grandson, Reed, died in 2008 from a heroin overdose.

A spokeswoman for the Robert Crown Center for Health Education ranks Chicago among the worst in the nation for heroin use.

The organization, which has partnered with the project believes it will help identify the factors that influence heroin use.

  • Bill T.

    People need to learn to use their heroin in moderation.

    • slim

      You’re an idiot. . .

    • Ronnie

      no, this is serious you beetter hope this family doesnt find out who you are cause your gross+have no feelings, youre seriously going to comment that about someones death with heroin abuse. like what the heck. who do you think you are. get out of here.

  • My thoughts

    oh …booo who…waaa whiner…he might have od cause he had to see you …..knuclke heads like you should just remember him and not his trying to escape from you thru drugs….

    • slim

      … and so are you

    • Ronnie

      you make me sick.
      I’m close with this family and if you think your little comments are going to get to them, youre wrong, yes they think its rude but you just make you look like the idiot you are. youre probably a heroin addict who got attracted to the news when it said ‘heroin’ so you thought you must comment something stupid and completely rude. Get a life then you can comment. you are in no place to say what you just did. You people are irretating, rude, low life, people who have nothing better to do but try to make people sad.

  • lee

    That’s the thing….their is no such word moderation for a heroin addict, it’s not if you die, it’s when….wow how uneducated you are.

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