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NARCAN Program Saves People During Heroin Overdose

Heroin is the drug of choice these days, and it's been killing people in every corner of the state. Nearly 50 people died in DuPage County last year, but Coroner Richard Jorgensen says that number is down to 29, thanks to a program that lets cops carry NARCAN.

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Jorgensen says people can get addicted to heroin after just one hit and contrary to public opinion, it's not just rich kids getting hooked.

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Jorgensen says once people get hooked, it's hard for them to break free.

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All two-thousand police officers in DuPage County are trained to administer NARCAN to a person who's slipped into an overdose. It stops the effects of heroin and brings people back to life. DuPage County police have saved 32 lives with NARCAN this year, but if you take it out of the picture, there would've been more than 60-heroin related deaths in that county. State representatives have taken notice of the NARCAN program and are pushing to get all police officers, firefighters, and other first responders in Illinois to carry it.

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