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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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. [Please Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, all trainings will be held remotely. Upcoming trainings will be posted at http://www.wchd.org/trainings, please check frequently for updates]
Naloxone Use Reporting
After using naloxone or Narcan® on an overdose victim, you are asked to complete the Overdose Reversal and Naloxone Administration Reporting Form within 5 business days. This form allows us to maintain data for reporting purposes and allows you to order a new naloxone kit to replace the one you used. To complete the form please click here.
Guarding and Discarding of Medications Safely
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.
Opioid Prescribing Standard
Healthcare facilities throughout Winnebago County are committed to managing pain while preventing opioid use disorder. The healthcare facilities have come together 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
- Click here to watch a video about the helpline
- Call 1-833-2FINDHELP for help