Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti praised DeKalb County Tuesday for its cooperative efforts in handling the opioid crisis. 

Sanguinetti made the comments as part of a roundtable discussion with health, law enforcement, and government officials from around DeKalb County.  They highlighted local efforts such as drug court, health counseling, and expanded access to Narcan, an anti-overdose medication.

Sanguinetti says it can be difficult for some areas to get past the stigma of treating opioid addiction.  

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The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office said it has used the opioid reversal drug Narcan more than a dozen times so far this year.

Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is a drug commonly carried by first responders to address the potentially fatal symptoms of an opioid overdose.  Until recently, it was only publicly available via a prescription.  However, part of a 2015 state statute changes that.  

Lali's Law, named for a Western Illinois University student who died of a heroin overdose, established a standard procedure for pharmacists to dispense Naloxone without individual prescriptions.