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Police departments donate to county’s opioid initiative

WAUKEGAN – The Lake County Opioid Initiative has received donations totaling $52,500 from 11 of the “A Way Out” participating police departments.

The funds will assist in sustaining the “A Way Out” program. In addition, part of the funds will be allocated to fund a coordinator position to manage the program as it continues its growth.

As police continue to see a rise in overdose deaths in Lake County, they collaborated to pledge funds from drug asset seizure accounts, according to a news release. The police departments’ contributions ranged from $1,000 to $7,500.

The donations were received from the following police departments: Deerfield, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Gurnee, Lake County Sheriff, Lake Forest, Libertyville, ​Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park and Zion.​

“A Way Out” is designed to fast-track users to substance abuse programs and services. The program is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at participating police departments across Lake County and ensures no criminal charges will be sought for those who may be in possession of narcotics or paraphernalia, as long as assistance is sought out by the prospective program participant.

The program was developed by the Lake County Opioid Initiative to create additional treatment access points, reduce crime, reduce substance-related harms, reframe the role law enforcement plays in community safety, and unite the community.

To date, 296 lives have been saved via the program, according to the news release.

For information on the “A Way Out” program, visit www.awayoutlc.org.

For information on the Lake County Opioid Initiative, visit www.opioidinitiative.org. 

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