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Family whose son died from overdose donates $1 million to fight drug abuse

CHICAGO (AP) – A Chicago hospital has received a
$1 million donation to start a substance abuse program for teens and young adults.

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital announced the donation from the Jordan Michael Filler Foundation on Tuesday.

The foundation was formed by Julie and Mark Filler, whose son Jordan died of a heroin overdose in 2014 at age 23. It supports programs that help teens and young adults struggling with substance abuse, particularly opioid addictions.

In a statement, Julie and Mark Filler say their son’s addiction was “heartbreaking,” and made worse because there wasn’t a local place to receive complete care.

By establishing the program they say “we hope no Chicago-area family suffers the loss of a child to substance abuse.”

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