ANTIOCH, Sick. (TOC) — Antioch police are warning about opioid overdoses after there have been 17 studies of overdose victims in the neighborhood this yr alone.
Police say the uptick within the north suburban village mirrors a rising downside nationally.
Three youngsters overdosed on opioids in Antioch this previous weekend. Thankfully, they survived. However the for a village with solely 14,000 individuals in it, the quantity is alarming.
“Thought they have been buying Percocets,” Antioch Police Chief Geoffrey Guttschow stated. “They have been utilizing them recreationally and sadly, they have been counterfeit medicine that turned out to have excessive concentrations of fentanyl in them, which led to a uncommon fast overdose.”
The variety of opioid-related overdoses and deaths has been trending upwards this yr, not simply in Antioch, however throughout Lake County and certainly throughout the nation.
Final yr, there have been 93 opioid-related deaths in Lake County, in line with the Lake County Coroner’s Workplace. As of Might thirty first this yr, that quantity stands at 52.
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“I’ve heard individuals say that youngsters are sure to experiment,” Guttschow stated. “Issues have modified and experimentation has turned lethal.”
A number of doses of the opioid overdose reversal drug Narcan are actually being carried by first responders.
Antioch Police launched physique cam video of a person who was revived earlier this yr because of the drug.
Antioch resident and nurse Kathryn McIntyre trains individuals on utilizing Narcan. McIntyre misplaced her 21-year-old son Nik to an unintended drug overdose on Thanksgiving morning seven years in the past.
“I had the turkey within the oven, all that. He was all enthusiastic about it. I went to wake him up. He was sleeping late and I discovered him lifeless on the ground,” McIntyre stated. “His ashes are on this locket. I take him in all places with me and once I journey, I sprinkle his ashes.”
McIntyre described her son as a heat, fantastic and good individual.
“He had been within the navy, spoke three totally different languages,” she stated. “It’s in all places and it could possibly be anybody’s youngster. Anybody’s husband. Anybody’s spouse.”
For these combating dependancy in Lake County, A Manner Out presents addicts the chance to stroll as much as any considered one of 14 collaborating police departments or name the quantity in your display screen to request assist 24/7. That will probably be supplied no matter insurance coverage.
Members could name (847) 549-5200 and request A Manner Out companies. A deputy will probably be dispatched to participant’s location if no transportation is out there.
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