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Will County Opioid overdoses rising during 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.The majority of overdose deaths from Opioids are among those between the ages of 25 and 44.