Overdose Deaths Up, Free Fentanyl Test Strips and Narcan Available

From the McHenry County Health Department:

Increase in Suspected Overdose Deaths Reported in McHenry County

MCHENRY COUNTY, IL – The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) is informing McHenry County residents of an increase in suspected overdose deaths.

While these deaths are currently suspected and not confirmed as opioid-related, the majority of McHenry County’s overdose fatalities involve opioids, often with fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid, as reported by the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition (SAC).

Fentanyl is highly lethal and continues to be found in various illicit drugs in the county, including counterfeit pills, even those sold as ‘legitimate prescription medications’ obtained unlawfully.

The MCDH and its partners want residents to remain safe and ensure they have the supplies they need. Fentanyl test strips, used to detect fentanyl in all type of drugs, can help prevent an overdose, while Narcan can help reverse an overdose.

Fentanyl test strips and Narcan are available for free at the following locations in McHenry County:

McHenry County Department of Health

  • Supplies are available for walk-ins during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm). No identification is required. For more information, please call (815) 334-4500.
    • Woodstock: 2200 N. Seminary Avenue, Building A
    • Crystal Lake: 100 N. Virginia Street
  • Supplies are also available for free at MCDH Narcan vending machines located at The Other Side Café and Sober Bar in Crystal Lake, McHenry County College (Cafeteria) in Crystal Lake, Community Health Partnership in Harvard, and Family Center of McHenry County in McHenry.


  • Supplies for local delivery are available by visiting bit.ly/l4lsupplies or by calling or texting (224) 297-4393.
  • Supplies are also available at various events across McHenry County in February
    • Friday, February 23 | Community Resource Days at Willow Creek Church in Crystal Lake (weekly)
    • Thursday, February 29 | Marengo Food Pantry · 4pm-6pm (last Thursday of every month)
    • Thursday, February 29 | Hebron Food Pantry · 2pm-4pm (1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month)
    • Every Tuesday | Warp Corps in Woodstock · 11am-2pm
    • 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of every month | Harvard Food Pantry · 9:30am-11:30am & 3pm-5pm

Warp Corps

  • Supplies are available seven days a week for walk-ins from 10am-6pm at 114 N. Benton Street in Woodstock. For more information, please call (815) 985-6256.
  • Supplies are also available at various events across McHenry County in February
    • Thursday, February 22 | Woodstock Public Library · 1pm-3pm
    • Friday, February 23 | Community Resource Days at Willow Creek Church in Crystal Lake (weekly)

The Break Crystal Lake Teen Center

  • Please call (815)575-9358 to inquire about available supplies.

The Other Side Café & Sober Bar

  • Supplies are available Monday-Thursday from 8am-9pm, as well as Friday and Saturday from 8am-10pm, at 135 Beardsley Street in Crystal Lake. For more information, please call (799) 220-8943.

A Way Out – McHenry County offers substance use assessment on a daily basis from 8am-11pm to anyone in McHenry County that wishes to seek recovery. If you are unable to pay for treatment due to lack of insurance or financial resources, you will not be turned away. A Way Out works with providers that accept several different insurance plans and accommodate those without insurance. For support and navigation to treatment, please visit their website, call (815) 347-0385, or email INFO@NDARS.ORG.


Overdose Deaths Up, Free Fentanyl Test Strips and Narcan Available — 11 Comments

  1. Mayorkis and the Biden admin create the problem now the taxpayers need to fix the problems the uniparty created. We better send 61b to the Ukraine money laundering operation.

  2. Solution to fentanyl crisis:

    1. Close border

    2. Disband CIA

    3. Offer attractive bounties on big fish traffickers, dead or alive.

    4. Introduce death penalties for all traffickers, big & small

    5. Hang Mayorkas after treason trial guilty verdict, plus several thousand others.

    6. Overthrow narco state govt in Mexico …… to make up for all the evil coups US has staged.

    7. Threaten Chinese with full embargo if evidence surfaces of involvement with drugs pouring in.

    8. Warn Cent. And S. Amer. States to rev up prosecutions of bonafide drug kingpins, or suffer embargoes, too.

    9. Deliver Hillary and her gin blossomed pefo husband to Iranians, Garland to Hamas and Mitch McConnell to Houthies.

  3. LOL. The 81m vote man tripping up AF1 kiddie stairs was priceless today. He’s definitely running this country. Not the Muslim Obama.

    Has anyone found pics of Big Mike pregnant yet? Malian is now a film producer. My God.

  4. Dungo’s replacing McKinsey and Company in all the fashionable salons.

  5. Dingo. I can’t disagree with a single bullet point.

    You triggered a blog troll so you are over the target.

  6. For some reason Joey B is not into stopping Fentanyl coming into our Country.

    County kids and adults dying.

    Get some Narcan, learn how to use, about all you can do given Joey’s stance.

    Free from machine at McC College.

    Same with Mass shootings (gang banging mainly)–they wont stop, learn Stop The Bleed, save a life, most Fire Depts offer free.

    Again, its up to individuals, not politicians to make any differences.

    Doesnt matter what side of aisle on.

    Fentanyl and Gangs seem to own both Parties.

  7. BROKEN: “Patriots” attack Capitol Police Officers in tRumpty fumbled cosplay coup. Murrica!

  8. “Mayorkis and the Biden admin create the problem.” there’s that great understanding we have all come to know.

    Of course fentanyl didn’t exist before Biden.

    Wasn’t it amazing that for 4 years under trumpty’s watch, not a single overdose death in America.

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    I say ban Narcan and the problem will fix itself.

  9. After 50 years and a trillion spent, it’s time we let the 5-7 year-old age-cohort, take a crack at this thing.

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