Village battles opioid epidemic by taking action

ATWOOD, Ill. (WCIA) --  A woman who lost her daughter to an opioid overdose is warning other families about the effects through a Narcan training.

"I just don't want any other families to have to go through this," Stacy Welch. 

The village of Atwood was shaken by two overdose deaths in one week back in October. So they're taking steps to learn how to save lives.

They held a Narcan training as one of the ways to educate the village on opioid addiction.

Last month we told you the village was working on solutions to keep the drug problem from growing.

They had a meeting to talk to people about it and why something needs to be done about it.

"She had struggled for about four years and had been in and out of treatment, came home, was doing great, had a job, was working out with me. Doing wonderful. It was a total surprise that she relapsed."

Welch says this is happening to many small towns, that's why it's going to take the entire community to make a difference.

"It's hitting small communities everywhere so I wanted to get the community members involved and get them educated and let's battle this epidemic together." 

She is teaming up with Atwood Police to continue these educational meetings. They hope to host them at least once every month.

While this is hard for her, she says saving a life is more important to her. She says anyone can reach out to her in the middle of the night if they need help.

The CU Public Health district was at tonight's training.narcan kits were available for people to take home.they also talked about the Good Samaritan Law. It gives legal protection to anyone helping a person in danger or injured --or in this case administering Narcan.


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