VILLA PARK, Ill. – In light of new data showing a spike in overdose deaths in DuPage County and news reports of increased relapses and substance abuse during the COVID-19 crisis, state Rep. Deb Conroy, D-Villa Park, is reminding residents of resources available to those struggling with addiction.
“Many people are struggling with mental health and addiction during the COVID-19 pandemic. The impact of social isolation, fear for the future, and sudden life changes can exacerbate these challenges for those already prone to or struggling with addiction,” said Conroy, who chairs the House Mental Health Committee and recently passed legislation expanding telehealth coverage for behavioral healthcare services. “The recent data showing a spike in DuPage overdose deaths is troubling, and I want people to know that they are not alone. Help is always available.”
Twenty people in DuPage lost their lives due to opioid overdoses over the last three weeks. By comparison, DuPage saw 96 opioid overdose deaths in all of 2019.
Residents may contact the free Illinois Call4Calm mental health text line by texting TALK to 552-020 to be connected to a local counselor who can provide information on available resources. Those in need of crisis services can contact the Crisis Text Line 24 hours a day by texting REACH to 741-741 to talk to a trained crisis counselor.
“No one is alone; we are all in this together, and we are all stronger as a community when our neighbors are cared for and healthy,” Conroy added. “If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction right now, please know that the bravest choice is to ask for help. In addition to the text help lines available to those seeking resources or crisis services, my office and I are always here to help connect residents with any local resources you might need. Call us any time at 630-415-3520.”