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Health officials are again warning the public after seeing a “noticeable rise” in opioid overdoses in McHenry County, saying fentanyl is a major factor in them.

The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) said last week the rise was in non-fatal overdoses.

The department said they continue to see fentanyl present in all types of illicit drugs in the county.

Fentanyl has also been seen in illegally manufactured counterfeit pills.

“Even pills sold as “legitimate prescription pills” could potentially contain fentanyl if acquired unlawfully,” the health department said.

In June, health officials reported a “significant increase” in suspected overdose deaths in the county.

The McHenry County Coroner’s Office data showed there were two and a half times more overdoses during a four-week period between May 12 and June 9 compared to the preceding four weeks.

Fentanyl test strips, which can be used to detect fentanyl in all types of drugs, can help prevent an overdose.

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Naloxone, also referred to as Narcan, can help reverse an overdose.

Fentanyl test strips and Narcan are available for free from the health department at their Crystal Lake and Woodstock offices. Those interested can call 815-334-4500.

An International Overdose Awareness Day event is scheduled for 12-3 p.m. on August 27 at the Historic Woodstock Square.