Chicago Tribune –
Overdose incidents and deaths rose in Naperville in 2020, which DuPage and Will county coroners attribute to stronger street drugs mixed with a cocktail of illicit substances.
Statistics released by the Naperville Police Department this week show officers handled 36 heroin overdose situations in which the victims did not die in 2020, double the 18 incidents reported in 2019. Police administered the drug naloxone to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose 21 times in 2020 compared to 13 in 2019.
“Unfortunately we had more one more fatality than we did from the prior year,” said Russ Matson, the department’s director of administrative services. There were four in Naperville in 2019 to five in 2020.
In DuPage County, overdose deaths totaled 112 in 2020, up from 96 in the previous year, DuPage Coroner Richard Jorgensen said.
Will County’s 2020 numbers trended lower than in 2019, Will Coroner Laurie Summers said. However, she will not have final numbers until March or April because not all toxicology test results have been returned.
As of Friday, overdose deaths in Will totaled 115, with 77 attributable to Heroin