The Spirituality & Wellness Ministry wish you all a safe and healthy 2019. We wanted to take this opportunity
to share with you some help that is available for those who may be struggling with opioid addiction, or have
loved ones who may be addicted and in need of assistance.
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association reported that in 2016 Illinois had 2,278 drug-related overdose deaths, with 80% of those deaths being opioid-related. This total is a 70% increase over the previous three
years. The opioid crisis has manifested itself in the form of multiple public health problems. An analysis of the nature and extent of these problems provides evidence of the seriousness of the opioid crisis in Illinois, the widespread prevalence of these problems across our state, and the existence of populations and local areas
with the most critical gaps in services.
To assist families or individuals struggling with opioid addiction, Robert Young Center, in conjunction with
Unity Point Trinity Hospital, is offering free Naloxone kits and training for their use. These kits are available to reverse the effects of opiates in an overdose situation. The hope is to save lives by making these kits available
to the public. For further information, please contact Charles Harris, Naloxone Educator at (309)788-4571,
Ext. 211 to receive training and kits. This is part of an Illinois State Initiative to address the opioid crisis here.
If you are struggling with addiction, there are also local resources available in our community. The Good Shepherd Foundation of Henry County is available at 944-6205, or contact Addicted.org at 1-800-304-2219
for additional resources in or near Geneseo, IL.
Due to Federal guidelines, known as HIPAA, hospitals are no longer able to contact the church about the hospitalization of one of its members. If you or your loved one is taken to the hospital, be sure to contact
the church office at 944-3196 so that Pastor Laura Kamprath or Pastor Matt Kamprath can call on you.