DuPage Narcan Program records 50th life saved

Mon April 13, 2015

The DuPage Narcan Program (DNP) recently passed a milestone by recording the 50th life saved since officers began administering Narcan in 2014. There were 32 lives saved last year and an additional 18 lives have already been saved this year. 

The DNP was organized in 2013 in response to the alarming number of DuPage County deaths attributed to opiate overdoses. Training of individuals to use Narcan began early in 2014. 

"Reaching 50 saves in a little more than one year shows that the DNP is making progress against the heroin epidemic in DuPage County, and that is a credit to the officers on the street using Narcan and the partners supporting DNP," said Karen Ayala, Executive Director of the DuPage County Health Department.

The DNP is a partnership among the Illinois Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA), the DuPage County Chiefs of Police, DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin and the Health Department, which serves as DNP Project Director and Healthcare Professional.

Approximately 2,000 individuals (mostly police officers) have been trained to administer the inhalant Narcan to individuals who have overdosed. The DNP has received private contributions that will sustain this program into the future.

DNP was the first county overdose prevention program approved by DASA that allows for the non-medical administration of Naloxone in the event of an opiate overdose.

The DNP's first annual report was released late last year and is available on the Health Department's website.