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Health officials sound alarm again as ‘noticeable rise’ in opioid overdoses hit McHenry County

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 […]

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Legislation that would establish safe spaces for illegal drug users in Illinois advances

(The Center Square) – A proposed bill could legalize the creation of “safe spaces” in Illinois for people to use illegal drugs under medical supervision in an effort to prevent overdoses. House Bill 2 would allow the Illinois Department of Human Services to create overdose prevention sites and would connect drug users with treatment programs. […]

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Drug overdoses and deaths remain ‘higher than normal’ in McHenry County, health officials say

Health officials are warning residents of a “significant increase” of overdoses and overdose deaths, which remain at higher than normal levels in McHenry County. The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition (SAC) on March 13 issued an alert that local law enforcement was reporting overdoses that required high quantities of the life-saving opioid reversal medication naloxone. […]

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Fentanyl being mailed to Illinois state prison inmates, leading to overdoses, official says

(The Center Square) – Fentanyl-laced mail is making its way into Illinois’ corrections system, leading to inmate and officer overdoses, and some officials are demanding a change in policy to stop it. Scot Ward, president of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Corrections Lodge 263, said there are ongoing issues concerning the safety of staff […]

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Group warns about multiple suspected fentanyl overdoses recently in McHenry County

A local coalition issued a warning about multiple recent overdoses in McHenry County where the user did not realize the substance they took was laced with what authorities believe was fentanyl. The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition issued an alert Friday morning after being notified about multiple uses of naloxone to reverse overdoses in the […]