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Welcome from the Will County Executive Larry Walsh

Will County Executive Larry WalshAs County Executive, I am proud to welcome you to the Will County, Illinois web site. Our site provides an open dynamic information highway to Will County government and the great services we provide. Our goal is to fully present the vast variety of services, programs and initiatives available to every resident.

As part of the commitment to keeping our government openly visible, as well as responsible and accessible, our user friendly website contains additional resources and a better visual design. By working together in the spirit of cooperation, we continually work to plan and provide vision for the county’s future and collaborate as a team to insure our diverse county remains a wonderful place to call home.

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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.

     “In the last three months, almost all of our overdose deaths have involved fentanyl,” O’Neil said. “Fentanyl is often fatal, even in small doses. People do not know what they are getting and they are dying.”

     Dr. Kathleen Burke, Director of Substance Use Initiatives, has been training first responders and other community agencies on the administration of Narcan, a powerful antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. She said it is critical to continue to expand access to Narcan across the county.

     “Because fentanyl is so deadly and there is no way to regulate the amount used, people are dying because it is so much more potent,” Burke said. “Opioids hijack the brain so people with a substance use disorder are not able to make wise decisions. The addition of fentanyl makes it even more difficult to reverse these overdoses and save lives.”

     For more information about fentanyl or Narcan training, contact Dr. Burke at (815) 774-7486.

 

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Workforce Center of Will County to host weekly job fair on July 18

Area job seekers are invited to attend a weekly job fair from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the Workforce Center of Will County.

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