Authorities are warning the public after multiple suspected overdose deaths occurred during the week of Thanksgiving in McHenry County.
The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition said they have been notified of “multiple” overdose deaths that have occurred between November 21 and November 28.
“The number of deaths was significant,” the McHenry County SAC said in a statement. They did not specify exactly how many have occurred.
The deaths have not been confirmed as opioid-related yet but the coalition said, “We are very aware that in McHenry County most overdose deaths occur because of opioids, most often fentanyl.”
“We want all community members to remain safe and ensure that you have the safe supplies and resources you need,” the coalition’s statement said.
Laura Crain, the coalition’s program coordinator, said the past holiday week was “rough on our community.”
Those interested in receiving free naloxone, which is sold under the brand name Narcan, can call or text Live4Lali at 224-297-4393.
Non-profit organization Warp Corps, located at 114 North Benton Street in Woodstock, also offers free naloxone.
Those who wish to receive support and navigation to treatment can contact A Way Out at 815-347-0385.