Opioid Overdose Prevention

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The Naperville Public Library and Edward Elmhurst-Health partnered up to give the community a life-saving presentation about opioid overdose prevention.

Doctors Tara Fantetti-Lindstrom and Katrina Ramirez gave residents a free presentation on overdose prevention at the 95th Street Library.

“Drug overdose in the United States kills more than our gun violence, car crashes, HIV and AIDs, and the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined,” said Fantetti-Lindstorm.

“The goal was just to educate our audience on how to prevent overdose and reversing the overdose, as well as to reduce stigma on addiction and mental health as a whole,” adds Ramirez. “So hopefully leaving people with an understanding of these things as a whole, and hopefully how to save a life in our community.”

Part of the presentation was on how to administer a potentially life-saving spray of the medicine naloxone, which is used to block the effects of an opioid overdose.

“Narcan nasal spray is an emergency treatment for someone you think that is suspected or is experiencing overdose. It’s not in placement of emergency care, you still have to call 9-1-1. But this will help save lives,” said Fantetti-Lindstorm.

Afterwards, the attendees were given a box of the spray, free of charge.

There will be another overdose prevention bystander training on Wednesday April 24 from 6-7:30 PM at the Naper Boulevard Library.

Naperville News 17’s Ryan Skryd reports.