The National Safety Council was joined by survivor advocates, legislators and local, grassroots organizations at the 2017 Illinois Overdose Awareness Day rally at NSC headquarters in Illinois Aug. 31.
NSC welcomed University of Kentucky and NBA basketball player Rex Chapman. After multiple injuries and surgeries, Chapman developed an addiction to prescription painkillers that led to an arrest for retail theft and several stints in rehab. He now is working to bring awareness and influence policymakers to address the opioid epidemic.
Rise Together founders Anthony Alvarado and Doug Darby, also were among guests.
NSC also provided free Naloxone training. Many opioid overdoses occur in public places, like parking lots and restrooms. This training is designed to help laypeople know what to do if someone – a customer, client or visitor – overdosed on opioids at a place of business.
Naloxone blocks or reverses the effects of opioid overdose. Community naloxone distribution programs have trained hundreds of thousands of people across the country and reversed more than 26,000 overdoses since 1996.
Training was provided by DuPage County Narcan and DuPage County Health Department.