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In September, Gov. Bruce Rauner launched the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force, co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah. The task force’s sixth field hearing was held in Woodstock at the McHenry County Administration Building.
Several stakeholders – from health care providers to residential treatment providers, McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski to the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally and law enforcement officers – shared their perspectives on the opioid epidemic.
Many mentioned that because McHenry County is smaller, they have built a strong network from all stakeholders and share as many resources as they can.
"I've loved everything I've heard because McHenry County is doing it right through the Substance Abuse Coalition, and you are looking at this as a problem for everyone in the county, and that's the way you need to – it takes a village," Sanguinetti said.