Public health boss: Illinois needs Narcan shots
By Benjamin Yount
Illinois News Network
Illinois is getting 4,000 doses of the opioid overdose medication Narcan and the state’s public health director says Illinois needs every single one of them.
Most of the doses of Narcan that are being donated by Adapt Pharma are going to state troopers and parole officers in Illinois.
In the field, that’s where Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah said they’ll do the most good.
“In 2016, nearly 2,000 people across the state of Illinois died of opioid overdoses,” Shah said. “And very preliminary numbers show that roughly the same number will have died in 2017.”
That’s almost twice as many people as those who died in car wrecks in Illinois.
And Shah said new synthetic opioids are making the fight tougher.
“Law enforcement officers, first responders, and others are finding now that they need to use multiple doses of Narcan when trying to bring someone back to life,” Shahs said.