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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Contact Information: Joan Olson, 630-407-6015

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

DuPage County Receives $70,000 Donation for Narcan Program

Matching effort exceeds $50,000 donation made in October

WHEATON … This morning, DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin accepted a $70,000 donation to the County’s Narcan program. The DuPage Narcan Program (DNP) trains police officers in the use of Narcan, or naloxone, a non-addictive drug that can reverse a potentially fatal heroin overdose. The donation came as a result of a challenge made by Oak Brook’s Ed Heil when he donated $50,000 to the program in October. At that time, Heil asked for matching donations from friends, foundations and other non-profits interested in saving lives in jeopardy because of heroin use.

Tuesday’s donation came from a group called “Friends of Ed Heil,” coordinated by the Palumbo Family Foundation of Hillside, IL. Jeff Narcisi, representing the group, presented the $70,000 check to Chairman Cronin at Tuesday’s County Board meeting saying, “In October, Edward Heil donated $50,000 to the DuPage Narcan program in hopes of sparing another parent or grandparent the grief of losing a loved one to a heroin overdose. ‘Friends of Ed Heil’, matching $70,000 for Ed’s 70th birthday, could not think of a better way to honor such a milestone than donating in his name to the DuPage Narcan Program.”

Chairman Cronin expressed his thanks on behalf of the DuPage Heroin Coalition and the DuPage County Health Department, which administers the Narcan program. Cronin said, “We are so grateful to the Palumbo Foundation, Ed Heil and this wonderful group of community members who joined our fight to save lives in DuPage County. Each of us has the opportunity to inspire others we work to make DuPage County heroin-free. Our fight is not over and we encourage others to join us.”

As of November 25, 2014, the DNP has trained 1700 officers in the use of naloxone. According to DuPage County Health officials, 29 lives have been saved as a result of the DuPage Narcan Program. For more information, visit http://www.dupagehealth.org/dnpinfo.

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