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Earlier this summer, Banu Hatfield learned four men experiencing homelessness had been staying in the neighborhood near the Zion Coffee Bar she co-owns with her husband, Mike.

COVID-19 is drastically changing the day-to-day lives of people around the globe and right here in central Illinois. That includes individuals experiencing homelessness, who have had the services they rely on for survival altered greatly.

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As bars and clubs shut down amid COVID-19, some displaced employees are looking to sex work to supplement their income.

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People suffering from substance use disorder may be unable to find supply or a safe way to use during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood is warning the public of three deadly "designer drugs" he said are appearing locally.

Between October and December 2019, three people died from three different "new emerging psychoactive substances." 

Tianeptine, an antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorder, killed someone in October. The drug is showing up in various powders, counterfeit pills, and heroin. 

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When asked about the greatest risks in sex work, one Peoria-area sex worker bluntly replied with one word: "death."

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At least one person in the Peoria area has been hospitalized after taking what they thought was Xanax, but turned out to be bath salts.