Increases in Drug Overdose Deaths – Life-saving Narcan Available for FREE

Increases in Drug Overdose Deaths – Life-saving Narcan Available for FREE

Data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the US during 12-month period ending in April 2021 – an increase of 28.5% from the 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before. (https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/drug-overdose-data.htm)

The LCHD and IHR Counseling Services – Institute for Human Resources are working in partnership to reduce harm to individuals and prevent overdose-related deaths. Free naloxone kits and training on how to administer this life-saving drug are available through the LCHD by appointment. Community groups and local businesses may also request to host a free educational presentation with naloxone kits available for participants.

Naloxone (e.g. Narcan) is an opioid reversal agent that should be administered if an opioid overdose is suspected. With the increasing presence of synthetic opioids (fentanyl) in the drug supply, including other illicit non-opioid substances, naloxone should be kept on-hand. Users should be aware that more administrations of naloxone over a longer period may be required to reverse an overdose.

To anyone struggling with addiction, you are not alone. There is help❣️ Please contact the Illinois Helpline for Opioid and Other Substances (Helplineil.org) by calling 833-234-6343 or texting “HELP” to 833234. Individuals and families are also encouraged to reach out to IHR Counseling Services by calling 815-844-6109 for addiction and recovery support.

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