Herald: Federal funding to help DuPage expand opioid overdose help

Sep. 9, 2017

Marie Wilson, Daily Herald

An opioid overdose reversal effort that has saved 344 people in five years will be expanded in DuPage County, thanks to a $1.5 million federal grant, health officials said Tuesday.

The county will put the money toward the DuPage Narcan Program, which has provided training and overdose reversal drugs to first responders at 55 organizations inside county borders and nearby. Using Narcan, a medication that counteracts opioid overdoses, responders have saved 105 people this year and 344 since 2013.

The federal funds, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will allow the county to buy replacement doses of Narcan and to begin follow-up contacts by social workers who can help revived patients seek treatment, said Mila Tsagalis, community initiatives director for the DuPage County Health Department.

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