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Today, on August 9th, the 100th life was reported saved from opioid overdose (actual save-date was August 7, 2016), since December of 2014, by Lake County law enforcement using Naloxone. While it’s always an unfortunate situation to encounter an opioid overdose, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is grateful to have saved 21 of the 100 lives, utilizing Naloxone. The 21st life-saving dose was administered by Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies on August 2, 2016.
Sheriff Mark Curran said, “100 saves is an amazing accomplishment, and I couldn’t be more proud of the law-enforcement approach throughout Lake County. Because of the Lake County Naloxone program, many people have been given another chance at life, and we must work together, as a community, to capitalize on their second chance.”
Undersheriff Ray Rose said, “Not only has the Lake County Sheriff’s Office saved 21 lives, but the sheriff’s office is implementing programs aimed at drug abuse prevention and recidivism reduction, as it’s imperative we have a plan after Naloxone is administered. We must continue making the heroin epidemic a community issue and continue having a community approach toward this poison.”
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is a proud member of the Lake County Opioid Initiative, a countywide coalition diligently working to prevent opioid use, abuse, misuse, addiction, overdose, and death.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office has trained 284 sheriff’s employees in the use and administration of Naloxone. The Lake County Health Department trains Lake County law-enforcement on the use and deployment of Naloxone utilizing an Evzio auto-injector. The auto-injectors are available to Lake County law enforcement through a donation made to the Lake County Health Department.