Mayor: Opioid overdoses down in Rockford, versus last year

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — The Winnebago County Coroner says there could be more opioid overdoses this year than last, but Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara says overdose deaths in the city are down.

McNamara calls the problem an epidemic, one he says he’s been working on since he took office.

“If you look at our mobile integrated health program that we have, we’re continued to increase it’s effectiveness,” McNamara said. “So, the stats that we show, is that we have responded now through the third quarter 15% less opioid overdoses”

There are medication drop boxes available at Rockford City Hall, at 425 E State Street, as well as each of the city’s three police stations, for the drop off of unwanted prescriptions.

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