DeKALB – The DeKalb County Health Department is one of a number of northern Illinois health departments joining together to promote opioid overdose awareness in September. International Overdose Awareness Day was held Saturday to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death.
Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium health departments are hosting 14 free public events throughout the region, including one in DeKalb on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to equip residents with knowledge and tools to stop overdoses and save lives.
The public is urged to attend an event to: Remember those who have lost their lives to overdose, learn about the signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose and how to use naloxone (also known as Narcan) and discover local resources.
“By training residents to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and administer naloxone, we’re adding more people to combat this deadly public health emergency, help save lives and get those with substance use disorder into treatment,” said Amaal Tokars, president of NIPHC.
The DeKalb County event, part of the Northern Illinois University STEM Cafe series, will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Eduardo’s Mexican Restaurant, 206 E. Lincoln Highway, DeKalb.