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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard donates funds to assist Waukegan Police Department in combatting opioid epidemic

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (November 7, 2019) – Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. has donated $1,000 to the Waukegan Police Department to go towards purchasing the drug Narcan, a medication that can save a person’s life after a drug or alcohol overdose.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard presented the donation to the Waukegan Police Department during a check presentation ceremony at the police headquarters on Thursday, November 7, 2019. The ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief Mark Stevensen, Chief of Police Wayne Walles, Deputy Chief Keith Zupec, and Salvi Law Partner Jennifer L. Ashley.

“Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard’s selfless contribution will continue to prepare our law enforcement personnel to combat the opioid crisis. Drug overdoses are one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Without Naloxone, those struggling with addiction would not get a second chance at life and obtaining the help they need. Thank you to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. for collaborating with us to make a difference,” the Waukegan Police Department said in a statement.

Chief Walles says the department uses an average of five doses of the medication a month.

Ninety-seven deaths were classified as overdoses in Lake County last year, 70 of which involved some type of opioid or opiate. Anti-anxiety drugs, as well as a host of other street drugs, contributed to the non-opioid overdose deaths.

The county has instated several programs to combat the epidemic, including being one of the first counties in the state and country to provide Naloxone to all first-responders and to train and provide school nurses with the antidote as well. The effort resulted in 307 lives saved by first-responders since the program was started in early 2014, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard is proud to partner with the Waukegan Police Department in their efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in Lake County—which impacts all of us,” said TJ Saye, the firm’s COO. “This money will primarily be used to purchase doses of the drug Narcan, which provides a second chance at life for the most desperate in our community.”

For more information, please contact Marcie Mangan at (312) 372-1227 or mmangan@salvilaw.com.

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About Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard was established by attorney Patrick Salvi in 1982. With offices in Chicago and Waukegan, the firm has 18 lawyers and is supported by more than 35 staff members. The firm represents clients in a variety of medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases. Salvi Law has recovered more than $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements on behalf of injured clients, including 245 cases resulting in awards of $1 million or more. In 2017, the firm won the largest compensatory personal injury jury verdict in the state of Illinois, $148 million for a dancer paralyzed by a collapsed pedestrian shelter at O’Hare International Airport. The firm has been routinely listed as one of the top law firms in the state with the highest reported settlement totals in the Jury Verdict Reporter / Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Settlement Survey. To contact Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, please call 312-372-1227 or visit www.salvilaw.com.

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