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The Opioid Overdose epidemic is impacting both men and women, all races, and adults of nearly all ages. There are resources available to help reduce opioid misuse and prevent opioid overdose deaths.

Naloxone Training

When given in time, naloxone, a non-addictive drug, can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose and save a life. Every home should have naloxone. The Winnebago County Health Department offers free Naloxone training classes for the community. Free Narcan kits are provided after completion of the class. Click below for training information.

Naloxone Use Reporting

After using naloxone or Narcan® on an overdose victim, you are asked to complete the Overdose Reversal and Naloxone Administration Reporting Form within 5 business days. This form allows us to maintain data for reporting purposes and allows you to order a new naloxone kit to replace the one you used. To complete the form please click below.

Guarding and Discarding of Medications Safely

Collect and dispose of your unused and unneeded medication in a medication drop box. 

Drop Boxes are located throughout our community. 

There is also a drop box on the 4th floor of the Winnebago County Health Department (555 North Court Street) available Monday thru Friday between 8 AM and 5 PM.

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Opioid Prescribing Standard

On March 9, 2020, the healthcare systems in Winnebago County announced the establishment of community Opioid Prescribing Standard. Healthcare providers will adhere to these standardized guidelines when prescribing and dispensing opioids, unless special circumstances are justified. All outpatient services such as clinics, urgent care, and specialty practices, including but not limited to orthopedics, psychiatry, general surgery, and emergency departments, will utilize these standards. 

Click here for the patient education information.

Help and Resources

Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances

  • Call 1-833-2FINDHELP for help