Authorities are warning the public after multiple overdose deaths occurred in the past week in McHenry County as officials in Lake County also warn about overdoses.
The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition said Tuesday they have been notified of “multiple” overdose deaths that have occurred between March 5 and March 13.
“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.”
In addition to the deaths, there have also been reports from local police departments of non-fatal overdoses.
Those overdoses were reversed with high quantities of naloxone, the coalition said.
“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.
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 or treatment can contact A Way Out by calling 815-347-0385.
Last week, the Lake County Health Department said there had been 14 opioid overdoses among Lake County residents that required a hospital visit from February 24 to March 1.
Preliminary data does not suggest a connection between the overdose events, according to Lake County Health Department Public Information Officer Emily Young.
There has been a nationwide surge in unintentional polysubstance, such as an opioid and fentanyl, and counterfeit prescription drug use.
Young said unintentional polysubstance use can occur when a person takes drugs that have been mixed with other products without their knowledge.
“Like many other communities throughout Illinois, Lake County continues to be impacted by the opioid overdose crisis,” Lake County Health Department Executive Director Mark Pfister said.
“We must take steps to alleviate overdose deaths and save lives,” Pfister said.
Lake County residents, especially those whose loved ones may be using opioids, are encouraged to have Naloxone on hand in case of an overdose, Young said.
Lake County residents who wish to receive a free Naloxone kit can call 847-377-8199.