Elk Grove Village Cares Program - One Year Later
A recent article from the Chicago Tribune published on July 25, 2019, highlights the success of the Elk Grove Village Cares program, one year later:
Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson announced last summer that his town was starting a far-reaching program to confront the opioid crisis that had claimed the lives of 26 residents and visitors in a four-year span.
The plan contained some familiar elements, such as having the Police Department serve as a conduit for people seeking treatment. But others were unusual, such as putting the overdose-reversing medication naloxone in public places, and having the village pay for treatment for the uninsured.
A year into the effort, village leaders say it has been a success, ushering 19 people into treatment and changing local opinion about people suffering from substance use disorders.
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