WOODSTOCK – McHenry County State’s Attorney Patrick Kenneally on Friday accepted a donation of 1,000 doses of Narcan – a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
Crystal Lake-based AptarGroup coordinated with Adapt Pharma to donate the spray to the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition. Aptar makes the unit dose dispenser that comes with each dose of naloxone nasal spray.
State Sen. Pamela Althoff, R-McHenry, said the donation was much needed in McHenry County, where opioids were responsible for 80 percent of all overdose deaths last year.
“The need for this kind of treatment here in McHenry County is as high as ever,” Althoff said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate, but lives are being destroyed every day in Illinois by the opioid and heroin epidemic.”
Naloxone is available over the counter at drug stores such as Walgreens and Jewel-Osco, and some experts recommend that families keep a dose at home just in case.
State Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorn Woods, said Narcan is a life-saving tool that he hopes will help reduce the number of overdose deaths in the area.
“Naloxone is saving lives every single day,” McConchie said in a statement. “Just last year, McHenry County saw 58 deaths attributed to opioid overdoses – that’s 80 percent of all overdose deaths in the county for 2017. Today’s donation, along with the efforts of the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, will help ensure that there is access across the county to naloxone.”
The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition works to reduce drug use in the area by raising awareness, increasing access to services and reducing the stigma surrounding addiction, according to its website.