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Former NBA player, “Basketball Junkie” to discuss heroin’s deadly grip

August 17, 2012

Lisle, Illinois ~It’s a tragic narrative that has become all too common in the Chicago suburbs in recent months – the promising future of a young adult ripped apart by a concealed addiction to heroin.

It’s a story former NBA player Chris Herren knows all too well, and wants to help re-write.

A Massachusetts high school basketball legend, Herren was thought to be destined for greatness. He was drafted by the Denver Nuggets in 1999 and was later traded to the Boston Celtics. But a hidden addiction to painkillers and heroin quickly put an end to his career and nearly his life. At one point, Herren was found near death with a heroin needle hanging from his arm while sitting in the driver’s seat of his car.

Herren, whose story was chronicled in a 2011 memoir “Basketball Junkie” and the ESPN documentary “Unguarded,” will address the dangers of addiction and drugs in a talk aimed at teenagers, young adults and parents at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, August 27 at Benedictine University’s Dan and Ada Rice Center. The event is free to the public. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Mark McHorney, director of athletics, at or (630) 829-6150.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. A 2016 PayScale Inc. report ranked BenU one of the top 10 colleges in Illinois for return on investment and in the top 20 percent nationally. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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