Opioid Overdose Surges in Illinois: Unmasking the Silent Crisis


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KANKAKEE — Today, as the nation observes #NationalOpioidAwarenessDay, the alarming figures from Illinois shed light on a growing crisis. 

Opioid overdoses in the state spiked by 33% from 2019 to 2020, leading to 2,944 fatalities. This staggering number outpaces both motor vehicle accident deaths and homicides by twofold, according to IDPH.

The message is clear: those struggling with addiction aren’t alone. Immediate assistance is accessible through local resources at Stop Overdose Death and by connecting with 2-1-1 at My United Way. Let’s unite to #StopOverdoseDeath.


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