Bolingbrook Library To Stock Narcan

Andy Dahn
March 06, 2019 - 7:09 pm
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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A southwest suburban library is adding a lifesaving medication to its inventory.

"One hundred fifty people die each day from opioids," said Dr. Kathleen Burke, director of substance use initiatives in Will County. "This is not something to ignore. It's killing our young kids."

Burke recently provided Narcan training to staff at the Fountaindale Public Library in Bolingbrook.

"They viewed Narcan as another safety measure," Burke said. "The same way you would with an AED for your heart or any other health care treatment. That way, they're ready if anything happens to their population."

The library had more than 400,000 visitors last year and is now the first in the county to keep the medication, which reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

"Around the country, we have seen overdoses in library bathrooms,” Burke said.

Five opioid overdose deaths were reported in Bolingbrook last year.