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Joliet appears to be a 'hot spot' for opioid-related deaths in Will County, official says

Published on Saturday, January 13, 2018

Joliet appears to be a 'hot spot' for opioid-related deaths in Will County, official says

Joliet — the largest community in the county — is a "hot spot. We need to do more there," she told the committee.

She plans to get the Joliet police department involved in the Safe Passage Program that has been adopted in a few towns, which allows substance abusers to seek help at the local police station.

The vast majority of those deaths were among white males between the ages of 21 and 40, according to Burke's figures. The youngest victim was 14, her data indicated. 

The Will County Coroner's office reported 75 deaths related to heroin and fentanyl, a heroin substitute, as of Dec. 19, but Burke said her numbers are higher because she included overdose deaths due to opioid-based prescription medications. She said she is working with the coroner's office to consider that in his statistics.

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