In 2016, opioid overdoses killed 1,946 people in Illinois, an 82% increase compared to 2013 (Illinois Department of Public Health, 2018). In 2017, there were 95 deaths from opioid overdose in DuPage County.
Death from opioid overdose can be prevented if the individual receives basic life support and timely administration of Naloxone, an antidote which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.
The DuPage Narcan Program (DNP) increases the number of first responders and community members trained to recognize and respond to an opioid overdose, and increases their access to naloxone (brand name Narcan). Since its inception in 2013, the DNP has recorded over 500 overdose reversals. The DNP is a collaborative effort among the DuPage County Coroner, Sheriff, State’s Attorney, Chiefs of Police, and Health Department.