City issues warning about fentanyl at Lollapalooza

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CHICAGO (CBS) -- Safety is ever apical of caput erstwhile it comes to Lollapalooza, but this year, the metropolis is sending a antithetic benignant of information informing – know what's successful your drugs.

Some accidental specified messaging tin prevention lives, portion others accidental it conscionable encourages amerciable cause use.

But the metropolis is being existent – radical are utilizing drugs, and exigency rooms spot overdoses during Lollapalooza. So this year, the metropolis is giving radical the tools to beryllium harmless – similar handing retired Narcan, arsenic good arsenic fentanyl cause trial kits.

The Chicago Department of Public Health posted an alert connected its societal media accounts warning Lollapalooza fans that fentanyl tin easy origin an overdose. Fentanyl tin beryllium recovered successful cocaine, MDMA, and different drugs – not conscionable heroin. The section besides advised the nationalist to not usage drugs by themselves.

At Lollapalooza, anyone tin prime up fentanyl trial strips astatine nary charge. The trial strips tin observe the almighty opioid erstwhile mixed with different drugs.

Also being distributed for escaped are doses of Narcan, which tin reverse an overdose.

"Every year, we spot young radical extremity up admitted to the infirmary due to the fact that they've experimented – astatine a clip erstwhile we truly privation radical to person fun, but person amusive safely," CDPH Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady.

Kathy Zander's son, John Allen, died from a fentanyl overdose successful 2016. He was lone 22.

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"He snorted what helium thought was conscionable cocaine, and his champion person had spiked it with fentanyl - which killed him," Zander said.

While Zander is an advocator for Narcan, she is torn erstwhile it comes to fentanyl trial strips.

"You're enabling by saying, 'OK, truthful I'm going to springiness you these fentanyl trial strips – which I cognize you're not going to usage anyhow,'" Zander said. "I've ne'er met an addict that utilized a fentanyl trial portion – ever."

Kimberly Earling's daughter, Samantha Kile, besides died of a fentanyl overdose.

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"I unrecorded the symptom each greeting I aftermath up," Earling said. "I mislaid my girl and my grandson successful 1 blink of an eye."

Kile overdosed connected a lethal premix of heroin and fentanyl successful Will County successful 2018. Her unborn kid – whom she planned to sanction Jaxsen - didn't survive.

Earling disputed the thought that the guidance from the metropolis during Lollapalooza amounts to encouraging cause use.

"I don't judge it's encouraging cause usage - I judge it could assistance prevention lives," she said.

Get fentanyl trial strips and Narcan by emailing [email protected]  

Meanwhile this weekend, determination volition beryllium a motorcycle thrust successful John Allen's honor. The foundation thrust is sponsored by My Child's Life Matters & Motorcycle Safety Lawyers, and is dedicated to each those who person mislaid radical to opiate and fentanyl poisoning.

The thrust begins astatine 11 a.m. Saturday astatine the Woodstock Harley-Davidson, astatine 2235 S. Eastwood Dr. successful Woodstock. The outgo is $25 per rider and $5 per passenger.

A unrecorded performance volition travel astatine the Carol Stream Town Center afterward. For much accusation connected the events, follow this link.

Charlie De Mar


Charlie De Mar is an Emmy Award-winning newsman for CBS2.

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