Health officials see positive strides in local battle with opioid crisis
Will County appears to be making positive strides in its local battle with the opioid crisis.
In 2018, 82 people died from overdosing on heroin or fentanyl, which was slightly down from the 85 overdose deaths in 2017. The number of opioid overdose deaths had been on the rise with 53 in 2015 and then 78 in 2016.
Kathleen Burke, the director of Substance Use Initiatives with the Will County Executive's Office, said she's proud of the work the county is doing to reverse the upward trend and coordinate resources to help those in need of treatment.
"To me, staying flat was the goal," Burke said.