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 first step to responding to an opioid overdose is recognizing what it looks like. Learn about the signs of an opioid overdose, the Good Samaritan Law, what naloxone is, where to find naloxone, how to use Narcan nasal spray, and who is at risk for opioid overdose.
In September 2013, the DuPage Narcan Program (DNP) became the first countywide overdose prevention program in Illinois. The goal of the DNP is to save lives by preventing death from opioid overdose. The 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.
Learn more about the DNP’s history, upcoming trainings, annual reports, and outcomes here.
Learn more about community response and support after an opioid overdose, including naloxone plus models and the Connect for Life program.