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Welcome to Will County, Illinois Website

Denise Winfrey Will County ExecutiveDear Neighbors:

Welcome to the Will County government’s main website.  Our county has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the state and the nation over the last decade and continues to be a vibrant and diverse community.  All are welcome here and we hope you choose to live, work, and raise your family in our community.

As your County Executive, I am a strong believer in transparency and collaboration to make progress for all our residents.  This website is one way we are sharing information about how your county government is working for you. 

We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we can better serve you and our community. Best wishes to you and your family!

Denise E. Winfrey

Will County Executive

 

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2016 Hero Helps Southwest Coalition Community Summit to discuss developments in deadly heroin epidemic
Anastasia Tuskey
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2016 Hero Helps Southwest Coalition Community Summit to discuss developments in deadly heroin epidemic

     The need for an effective overall strategy to combat the heroin epidemic is more important than ever as the number of overdose deaths in Will County and across the nation continues to rise.

     With the 2016 HERO-HELPS-Southwest Coalition Community Summit scheduled for the end of April, the Will County Coroner’s Office reports troubling statistics and alarming new developments in the heroin crisis.  

     The summit, scheduled from 8 a.m. until noon on April 29 at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville, will focus on the groundbreaking Illinois Heroin Crisis Act that was passed in 2015. But even as the state implements this forward-looking initiative that targets heroin addiction, the number of overdose deaths continues to rise.

     Will County Coroner Patrick O’Neil, who will discuss the epidemic at the Summit, reports 18 fatal overdoses in 2016 with toxicology reports pending in four additional cases. This puts Will County on track to break the sad record of 53 deaths in both 2012 and 2015.

     But in a troubling twist, the coroner reports that in three of the confirmed 2016 overdoses, the victims used powerful synthetic opioid painkillers like Furanyl fentanyl or Acetyl fentanyl, both of which are considered designer drugs that are being sold as a substitute for heroin. These synthetic derivatives can be extremely more potent than heroin, making them even more deadly.

     “The Heroin Crisis Act is a comprehensive bill designed to combat heroin addiction and save lives,” said Paul Lauridsen, clinical director at Stepping Stones treatment center and the Summit chairman. “But even as we begin to put this plan into action, we find ourselves grappling with disturbing new developments that remind us our work is far from over.”

     The Heroin Crisis Act will give the public an even clearer picture of how widespread the crisis is as it requires greater reporting by hospitals regarding the number of patients who receive treatment for heroin overdoses and survive.

     The Summit will bring together professionals from many disciplines to discuss the Heroin Crisis Act. Four free continuing education units are provided for many professions including educators; physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals; social work and professional counselors; and addiction prevention, treatment and recovery support professionals.

For more information, visit the website: www.herohelpsevent.com.

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Will County is accepting applications from local governments for reimbursement.

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This application is now closed. Thank you for applying. If you have submitted an application to the program your application is under review. If you have questions regarding your application please email caresnfp@willcountyillinois.com.

 

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Meetings will be held in the County Board Committee Room in the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, Illinois, unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and cancellations are available on the website www.willcountyboard.com. To contact us, email: countyboard@willcountyillinois.com or phone: 815.740.4602.

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Meetings will be held in the County Board Committee Room in the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet, Illinois, unless stated otherwise. Meeting agendas and cancellations are available on the website www.willcountyboard.com. To contact us, e-mail: countyboard@willcountyillinois.com or phone 815.740.4602.

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