Barb Jeffers, executive director of the Kane County Health Department, told a County Board committee last week that an orientation was held in April, and she hopes to get officers trained and equipped with doses by this summer.
"If you look at the data, it's not going away," she
In a meeting earlier this year, Jeffers
presented data on the number of heroin-related deaths in Kane County
At seven such deaths, 2010 recorded the lowest number.
The peak was recorded in 2012 with 26 deaths.
The deaths have occurred throughout the county, including in St. Charles, North Aurora, Geneva, Batavia and Elburn.
Although emergency medical technicians already administer Narcan
said, the new program targets police because they typically arrive on the scene quicker.
Medics, however, still would be called, she
said Kane County
sheriff's officers already administer the medication.
The Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse certifies the trainers, Jeffers said.
said the county health department will provide the training and management of the Narcan
Officers will be allowed to carry only two doses of the medication at a time, Jeffers
Because of the way the program is set up, she
said, the health department will be able to track the data.