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Dr. Kathleen Burke is Director of Substance Abuse Initiatives for Will County.

Dr. Kathleen Burke is Director of Substance Abuse Initiatives for Will County.

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Will County Opioid overdoses rising during COVID pandemic

Recovery coaches sought for Rapid Response Nalaxone Program

One of the many negative ripple effects of the Coronavirus pandemic in Will County has been the surge in Opioid related overdoses and deaths. In 2019, there were a total of 118 deaths from Opioid overdoses in Will County and in the first seven months of this year there were 54 deaths from Opioid overdoses, according to Dr. Kathleen Burke, the county’s Director of Substance Abuse Initiatives.