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Grundy County Sheriff to offer Safe Passage program

Other police departments in the county plan to join network

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Last Thursday, Dr. Kathleen Burke, director of Substance Use Initiatives in the Office of Will County Executive Larry Walsh, met with officers from the Grundy County Sheriff’s Department and several other local municipalities in Grundy County to provide an overview of the Will County Safe Passage Network.

JTHS Hosting Wake Up Call Substance Abuse Awareness Event

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JTHS Hosting Wake Up Call Substance Abuse Awareness Event

Joliet Township High School will host a Wake-Up Call Substance Abuse Awareness Event on Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Joliet West High School, 401 N. Larkin Avenue. The event is free and open to all members of the public 21 years of age and older. Dinner will be provided from 5:00-6:15 PM and a resource fair will take place from 5:00-6:30 PM. Free childcare is available.

Cluster Of Respiratory And Cardiac Distress Cases Among Drug Users

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SPRINGFIELD – Within the past 24 hours, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received reports of approximately ten individuals transported to area hospitals for respiratory distress, cardiac arrest, or confusion. Individuals reported using crack cocaine before experiencing these symptoms. There has been one death. These cases have been reported in Chicago and suburban Cook County and law enforcement is investigating.

People who use, or know someone who uses illegal drugs, should seek substance use treatment. The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Recovery and Treatment offers resources on its website.

Individuals who experience symptoms of respiratory distress, cardiac arrest, or confusion after using illegal drugs should seek treatment immediately.

HHS sponsors development of intranasal form of long-acting opioid overdose drug

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To help save lives in the current opioid epidemic or following a deliberate attack, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work with Opiant Pharmaceuticals of Santa Monica, California, to develop a fast-acting, long-lasting intranasal, potentially improved form of an opioid overdose drug.

Dr. Kathleen Burke to offer Narcan training at National Recovery Month Community Awareness Day

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Join Dr. Kathleen Burke from Will County as she offers Narcan training at the National Recovery Month Community Awareness Day from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 27 at Symetria Recovery Joilet, 229 N. Hammes. The Will County Sheriff's Hidden in Plain Sight trailer will also be part of the activities.

Joliet resident uses Narcan to save an overdose victim

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Last Sunday, a Joliet resident, who recently participated in naloxone training offered by Will County, used these newly acquired skills to save a life.
“I was in a park in south Joliet when I noticed a parked car and a man lying on the ground next to it,” Jerry Reeves said. “There was also a woman standing there so I went over to offer help. The woman told me the man was drunk but I recognized the symptoms of an overdose.”

Justice Department announces release of new fentanyl safety video for first responders

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The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance today released the Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders’ companion training video Fentanyl: The Real Deal. The video was produced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to help first responders protect themselves when the presence of fentanyl is suspected or encountered on the job.

Will County expands Narcan training

New bystander training available to any organization or individual in the county

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As the opioid epidemic continues to affect the entire nation, Will County is working to expand its harm reduction efforts by providing naloxone training to any organization or individual. Naloxone is a powerful antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
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Will County launches C-PACE program

Will County launches C-PACE program

Will County has launched its C-PACE Program, a program that offers long-term fixed rate financing to businesses for energy efficiency improvement projects, becoming the seventh county in Illinois to participate.

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Will County Office Building closed Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday

Will County Office Building closed Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday

The Will County Office Building will be closed on Friday, April 2 in observance of Good Friday. Normal business hours will resume on Monday, April 5.
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Job Fair In-A-Bag to be offered every Wednesday by Workforce Center of Will County

Job Fair In-A-Bag to be offered every Wednesday by Workforce Center of Will County

The Workforce Center of Will County will offer a Job Fair In-A Bag from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Wednesday.

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All Will County residents over age 16 eligible for vaccine as county opens scheduling online April 12

All Will County residents over age 16 eligible for vaccine as county opens scheduling online April 12

Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Will County Health Department Executive Director Sue Olenek announced today that the health department will move to open scheduling on Monday, April 12, as Will County moves to universal eligibility for individuals 16 and older.

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