After 4 overdoses at River North Bar, Chicago health officials share resources for opioid addiction – NBC Chicago

Following an incident in which four people apparently overdosed at a bar in River North, Chicago health officials want to make sure the public is informed about the resources available to fight opioid addiction .

Three men and a woman were taken to area hospitals after they were suspected of overdosing around 2:50 a.m. Sunday at the Y Bar, 224 W. Ontario St. All four were initially believed to have been in serious condition at critical, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

In response to the incident, NBC 5 spoke to Dr. Geraldine Luna, Medical Director of the Chicago Department of Public Health, about the department’s efforts to halt the rising trend of overdoses in Chicago.

β€œIt is a situation which is alarming for the city, we have taken measures to try to raise awareness,” explained the doctor.

To combat the problem, Narcan, a drug used to treat a suspected opioid overdose, is available for emergency use at more than 50 branches of Chicago Public Libraries across the city, according to Luna.

“…We have more programs, to offer guardians to detect who is at risk, and then to offer lasting support or lasting changes so that people can be connected to the help they need”, a- she declared.

Anyone in Chicago seeking immediate assistance for an opioid use disorder is encouraged to call the city’s hotline at 312-746-4835. Also, people in need of addiction treatment or recovery services statewide can call the Illinois Opioids and Other Substances Helpline at 1-833-234-6343.

NBC Chicago

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