86 lives saved in DuPage County with heroin overdose drug naloxone | Senator Tom Cullerton highlights importance of improving naloxone access
Jul 21, 2016 4:53 PM - VILLA PARK, IL -- The DuPage Narcan Project recently announced that 86 lives have been saved in DuPage County by the heroin overdose drug naloxone since the beginning of the year. Tom Cullerton spoke on the importance of improving naloxone access. Cullerton sponsored the bipartisan Heroin Crisis Act (HB 1), which expands access to naloxone and overdose-response training programs. "As the Narcan Project numbers show, naloxone is critical in overdose emergencies to save lives. The Heroin Crisis Act is an important step in expanding access to this drug and helping combat Illinois' serious opioid epidemic," Tom Cullerton said. "In addition to expanding access to life-saving drugs, the bill lowers civil liabilities for administering naloxone in emergencies, allowing bystanders to help save a life without fear of legal trouble."