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

ANTIOCH, Ill. (October 8, 2019) – Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C. has donated $1,000 to the Antioch Police Department to go towards purchasing the drug Narcan, a medication that can save a person’s life after a drug overdose.

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. Naloxone, sold under the brand name “Narcan,” is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially decreased breathing in overdose. When given intravenously, naloxone works within two minutes to save someone life, and when injected into a muscle, it works within five minutes; it may also be sprayed into the nose.

“Narcan is a is a tool that all of our officers carry as part of their required equipment.  Over the last three years,  officers  have saved numerous lives in Antioch alone through the deployment of Narcan.  We are grateful for the donation from Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C.  to assist us in purchasing additional doses, so that we may continue to help our residents during their time of dire need.” said Antioch Police Chief Steve Huffman.

Pictured Left to Right: Antioch Police Administrative Sergeant Aron Fendel, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Attorney Elizabeth R. Olszewski, Antioch Police Chief Steven Huffman, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard COO TJ Saye, Antioch Police Deputy Chief Geoffrey Guttschow

That effort to provide first responders and school nurses with Narcan 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 Antioch 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.”

“As an attorney who represents injured clients, the members of the Antioch community are ultimately my clients and my clients’ loved ones.  It is important myself, and to each of us here at Salvi Schostok & Pritchard that we give back to the community to help ensure they don’t suffer from additional unnecessary tragedy,” Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard attorney Elizabeth R. Olszewski said.

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard presented the donation to the Antioch Police Department during a check presentation ceremony at the police headquarters on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

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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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