5,000 Doses of Lifesaving Narcan Donated to Illinois

In 2016, nearly 1,950 people died of opioid overdoses in Illinois – an 82-percent increase in just three years, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, are disproportionately contributing to the rise of both fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the state, with a tenfold increase from 2013 to 2016.