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DuPage Narcan Program records 100th life saved

Fri January 29, 2016

The DuPage Narcan Program (DNP) recently passed a milestone by recording the 100th life saved since officers began administering Narcan in 2014. There were 32 lives saved in 2014, 61 saves last year and seven so far in 2016.

 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 late in 2013.

 "Reaching 100 saves in just two years 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 DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen.

DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin added, "Saving lives is our most important impact. We all agreed that even saving one life would make this program a success. The benefits are priceless to the families of the loved ones who have been saved."

Karen Ayala, Executive Director of the DuPage County Health Department, said "100 lives is a remarkable accomplishment, but DNP is not resting on its laurels. This life-saving effort will continue, along with recovery assistance to those who have been saved so this cycle of drug abuse is broken."

 "Thanks to the DNP, 100 fewer funerals took place in DuPage County," said DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin. "This success is directly attributable to the program's many partners whose time and energy have literally provided those 100 individuals a second chance at life and saved their family and friends from a lifetime of pain and heartache," Berlin added.

 "Law enforcement officers throughout the County have embraced this life-saving approach and that has been essential to its success. We thank every officer who has been trained and especially those officers who have used Narcan on the street," said Bradley Bloom, Hinsdale Police Chief and DuPage County Police Chief's Association.

The DNP is a partnership among the DuPage County Police Chief's Association, 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 2,560 individuals (mostly police officers) have been trained to administer the inhalant Narcan to individuals who have overdosed. The DNP has received private contributions to help sustain this program.


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