Through the extraordinary and collaborative work of law enforcement, treatment providers, the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition, the Mental Health Board and Northwestern Medicine, the number of overdose-related deaths have been reduced precipitously to levels not seen since before the onset of the opioid epidemic. To fully appreciate how remarkable this turnabout has been in terms of lives saved, one must compare our statistics with those of the other collar counties.              In Kane County, overdose deaths increased from 67 in 2017 to 68 in 2018 to 76 in 2019.

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