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Heroin

DuPage County receives federal funds to fight opioid crisis

The DuPage County Health Department will receive $1.5 million in federal funds over the next four years to provide training and medication for emergency treatment of opioid overdose.

“Clearly the opioid crisis is beyond the scope of local assets, so we are thrilled with this infusion of resources,” Karen Ayala, Dupage County Health Department executive director, said in a news release.

The First Responders - Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act grant will provide training and medication for emergency treatment of opioid overdose, the release said.

There have been 105 lives saved in 2017 through the use of Narcan, which reverses the effects of opioids. The DuPage Narcan Program has saved 344 lives since the program was initiated in 2013.

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