In 2019 there were 130 overdose deaths in Winnebago County. This epidemic is impacting both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. This page contains resources to help reduce opioid misuse and prevent opioid overdose deaths.

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Naloxone Training

When given in time, naloxone, a non-addictive drug, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and save a life. Every home should have naloxone. The Winnebago County Health Department offers a free Naloxone training classes for the community. Free Narcan kits are provided after completion of the class. Click here to register for a training.

Guarding and Discarding of Medications Safely

Opioid MedicationDiscard Collect and dispose of your unused and unneeded medication in a medication drop box. Drop Boxes are located throughout our community. There is also a drop box on the 4th floor of the Winnebago County Health Department (555 North Court Street) available Monday thru Friday between 8am and 5pm.

Surveillance Data

Opioid Prescribing Standard

Healthcare facilities throughout Winnebago County are committed to managing pain while preventing opioid use disorder. The healthcare facilities have come togetherOpioidStandard Visual Final 03092020 to reduce opioid use disorder through effective management of prescribing and dispensing of opioids. On March 9, 2020 the healthcare systems in Winnebago County announced the establishment of community Opioid Prescribing Standard. Healthcare providers will adhere to these standardized guidelines when prescribing and dispensing opioids, unless special circumstances are justified. All outpatient services such as clinics, urgent care, and specialty practices, including but not limited to orthopedics, psychiatry, general surgery, and emergency departments, will utilize these standards. For more information, click here to read to the news release or click here for the patient education information

Help and Resources

Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances

Additional Resources

International Opioid Awareness Day

Opioid Honor To honor those who have lost their lives to opioid overdose, take a pledge to complete 4 steps in a month to help prevent opioid overdoses in Winnebago County.

  • Sign-up to get trained in naloxone. Click here to register for a training.
  • Collect and discard all of your unused and unneeded medication
  • Learn how to recognize an overdose
  • Learn about prescription safety

Go to the Winnebago County Opioid Response Team Facebook page for additional tips for completing these steps.