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Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant  Will County Executive

I am honored to serve as your Will County Executive. As a lifelong resident of this great county, I have witnessed many changes as we have evolved from an ag-community to a major hub in the global distribution market.  I am dedicated to building upon this status but I am equally dedicated to maintaining the quality of life for the nearly 700,000 residents and thousands of businesses and organizations that call Will County home. 

Please explore our website which is filled with important information about services and departments within the County Executive office as well as connections to other county officials’ websites.

Will County is diverse, vibrant, and filled with hard-working people. We have room to grow and we look forward to a great future. 
 

 

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Will County officials warn residents of dangers of fentanyl-laced heroin
Anastasia Tuskey

Will County officials warn residents of dangers of fentanyl-laced heroin

New chemical additive yields deadly consequences

     Heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths are increasing in Will County, according to recent autopsy reports from Coroner Pat O’Neil’s office. Fentanyl is a manufactured opioid more than 50 times stronger than heroin.

     “In the last three months, almost all of our overdose deaths have involved fentanyl,” O’Neil said. “Fentanyl is often fatal, even in small doses. People do not know what they are getting and they are dying.”

     Dr. Kathleen Burke, Director of Substance Use Initiatives, has been training first responders and other community agencies on the administration of Narcan, a powerful antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. She said it is critical to continue to expand access to Narcan across the county.

     “Because fentanyl is so deadly and there is no way to regulate the amount used, people are dying because it is so much more potent,” Burke said. “Opioids hijack the brain so people with a substance use disorder are not able to make wise decisions. The addition of fentanyl makes it even more difficult to reverse these overdoses and save lives.”

     For more information about fentanyl or Narcan training, contact Dr. Burke at (815) 774-7486.

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