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Thu March 27, 2014

The life-saving efforts of the DuPage Narcan Program (DNP) continue to be invaluable as a second life is saved from overdosing on heroin within the last week.

On Wednesday, March 26th, two Hanover Park police officers responded to a sick person call around 9:00 p.m.  The two officers that arrived on the scene had received training through the DNP and were carrying Narcan, which they used to reverse victims overdose, saving the life of the 29 year old male.

"The fact that our department just completed the DNP training a week ago and already put this life-saving training to use to save a life is amazing" says Hanover Park Police Chief, David Webb. "There is no question that this program will continue to save lives and benefit the community" he continues.

This save comes just five days after a Villa Park deputy utilized their DNP training and Narcan on Saturday, March 22, to save a victim who was also overdosing on heroin. "The ultimate goal of this community partnership is to save lives and that is exactly what is occurring. The DNP is proving successful because of the participation and support from our law enforcement partners including the Chiefs of Police Association and the DuPage County Sheriff's office. We anticipate this trend to continue and more lives to be saved" says Karen Ayala, Executive Director of the DuPage County Health Department.

The DNP was created in response to DuPage County's growing heroin epidemic, with the purpose of saving lives from overdoses. The DNP is a collaborative effort made up of community officials including DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin, DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin, DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba, the DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association and the DuPage County Health Department.

Since November, DuPage County law enforcement personnel have been attending training sessions through the DNP program to learn how to recognize people who are overdosing and how to administer Narcan, a non-addictive drug which can reverse a potentially fatal overdose. By May, there will be more than 1,200 officers in DuPage County trained and armed with the life-saving Narcan.

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