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Will County participates in Governor Rauner’s Opioid Task Force listening tour

Will County participates in Governor Rauner’s Opioid Task Force listening tour

     Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah co-chaired a public hearing by the Governor’s Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force Wednesday in Chicago.

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Congressman Bill Foster to host Science of Addiction Forum in Will County

Congressman Bill Foster to host Science of Addiction Forum in Will County

     Opioid overdose deaths are continuing to rise across the nation and in Illinois, a dramatic increase was reported in Illinois in 2016. More than 2,000 opioid overdose deaths occurred last year, a 44 increase over 2013. Congressman Bill Foster is joining officials in Will County to share information about the science of addiction and strategies to stop overdose deaths at a forum to be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23 at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago Street in Joliet.

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Dr. Kathleen Burke appears on ABC Channel 7 Newsmakers discussing the opiate crisis

Dr. Kathleen Burke, Will County's Director of Substance Use Initiatives, was a guest on ABC Channel 7 Newsmakers on Sun. August 6 to discuss the opiate crisis that is spreading across the nation. Dr. Burke discussed a variety of strategies in Will County to address this terrible epidemic. 

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Will County receives federal grant for second year to fund initiatives to stop opiate overdose deaths

Will County receives federal grant for second year to fund initiatives to stop opiate overdose deaths

For the second year, Will County was awarded the Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose Related Deaths grant by the Illinois Department of Human Services and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to further its efforts in combating the opioid overdose epidemic. Will County is part of the Statewide Illinois Opioid Crisis Advisory Council.

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Will County officials warn residents of dangers of fentanyl-laced heroin

Will County officials warn residents of dangers of fentanyl-laced heroin

New chemical additive yields deadly consequences

     Heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths are increasing in Will County, according to recent autopsy reports from Coroner Pat O’Neil’s office. Fentanyl is a manufactured opioid more than 50 times stronger than heroin.

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Will County hires Director for Substance Use Initiatives to lead  County’s Prescription Drug & Opioid Efforts

Will County hires Director for Substance Use Initiatives to lead County’s Prescription Drug & Opioid Efforts

     With the approval of the Will County Board last week, the county has hired Dr. Kathleen Burke as Director for Substance Use Initiatives.  In this role, Burke will serve as project coordinator for the FY 17 Prescription Drug/Opioid overdose-related deaths grant that was awarded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA).

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Mother of Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade to drive home deadly dangers of using heroin during Wilmington forum scheduled for March 2

Mother of Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade to drive home deadly dangers of using heroin during Wilmington forum scheduled for March 2

Pastor Jolinda Wade, the mother of Dwyane Wade of the Chicago Bulls, will visit Wilmington next week to discuss her past struggles with drug addiction during a forum focusing on the heroin epidemic that is exploding across the nation.

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