Substance Use Initiatives of Will County
Under the direction of Dr. Kathleen Burke, The Office of Substance Use Initiatives is committed to increasing the prevention, harm reduction and recovery services for citizens of Will County affected by the opioid epidemic.
Opioid overdose continues to be a major public health issue in the United States. It has contributed significantly to accidental deaths among those who use or misuse opioids.
Narcan Distribution Program
Narcan (Naloxone) is a medication designed to rapidly reverse an overdose. Narcan is available to all individuals and agencies in Will County. Overdose prevention and response training is offered upon request.
To obtain naloxone or schedule training email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Got Naloxone” Program
Upon request a team of individuals with lived experience or peers in recovery, staff a pop-up resource table to distribute naloxone at public events or upon invitation by organizations throughout the Will County community. Materials distributed identify locations for treatment, peer support and other available resources. Additionally, this team stocks the micro pantries with Narcan across the county. Providing access to naloxone and recovery assistance are critical to saving lives. To request our presence at a public event, please email email@example.com
Recovery Support Specialist/Recovery Coach Training Program
In collaboration with Governors State University this program provides career training, supportive services, and paid internships to individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder for entry-level jobs as recovery support specialists/recovery coaches in Will County community organizations.
Naloxone Plus Safe Passage Program
Following an emergency response to an overdose in partnership with local police and fire departments, a peer in recovery from the “Got Naloxone” program reaches out to the individual within 24 hours. The peer responder provides support, Narcan and a helping hand to services if requested.
Safe Passage Rent Assistance Program
Scholarship dollars are available upon request to assist individuals entering a recovery home with rent. Specific criteria are established to qualify for the program and receive funding.
What Is Naloxone?
Naloxone is an easy-to-use, life-saving medication.
It can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when delivered in a timely manner. Naloxone works by preventing opioids from attaching to the brain. Naloxone can be administered by injection or sprayed into the nose. It can begin working within minutes to restore breathing, consciousness, and save a life.