- Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 03:58 PM
SPRINGFIELD- Two years ago, in Bartlett, Johnny Dudek’s grandmother found him unresponsive in his bedroom. Dudek overdosed during a deadly month in DuPage County in which 11 deaths were caused by lethal heroin overdoses.
In 2013, there were 46 deaths attributed to heroin overdoses in DuPage County alone.
To prevent tragic deaths like Dudek’s, DuPage County introduced the first county-wide application of NARCAN in the state. Since 2014, 44 lives were saved by the use NARCAN, a lifesaving drug that reverses the deadly effects of drug overdoses.
State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) is hoping to advance the success of this countywide program by co-sponsoring Senate Bill 10, which would require state and local police officers, as well as fire protection personnel and firefighters, to be trained in administrating NARCAN.