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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, January 24, 2017



The DuPage County Coroner’s Office has completed all suspected opioid related deaths from 2016. The numbers are startling and show that we continue to have a serious problem of addiction and death related to legal and illegal opioids. There is also a  trend towards the mixture of the opioid fentanyl into the heroin and the emergence of fentanyl analogues in the Chicagoland area. These fentanyl analogues are very strong and we have identified our first death due to carfentanyl which is 10,000 stronger than morphine. These numbers do not reflect the live that have been saved by or Police, Fire and medical personnel using the opioid antidote naloxone. If this life saving drug had not been widely used the number of deaths would be much higher.





36 = Heroin alone      


7 = Heroin/Fentanyl mixture 


8 = Fentanyl alone


Total deaths=51                                 






36 = Heroin alone       (same)


26 = Heroin/Fentanyl mixture (increase 370%)        


16 = Fentanyl alone  (increase 100%)


Total deaths= 78 (increase 53%)


 These numbers reveal that our work is not done in the quest to eradicate this epidemic. We must continue to bring education to our citizens about this problem to prevent the use of opioids, treat those who are addicted and eradicate the supply of illegal drugs.




 Richard A. Jorgensen, MD, FACS


Coroner, DuPage County


414 N. County Farm Road


Wheaton, IL   60187




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