A funeral home director in Arlington Heights, Illinois, who has witnessed first-hand the cost of America’s opioid epidemic in terms of human lives, pledged to take the fight to the next level this week by teaching residents how to reverse a potentially deadly overdose.

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How to Reverse an Opioid Overdose

August 28, 2018 – John Glueckert, owner of Glueckert Funeral Home in Arlington Heights, Illinois, has agreed to host 6 training sessions this week, in conjunction with statewide efforts, to train 2,155 people on how to prevent — and even reverse, in many cases — overdoses on prescription and street opioid drugs, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The number 2,155 represents the number of people in Illinois who are expected to die from an accidental opioid overdose this year, according to the Illinois Department of Human Health.

“At the funeral home, we’re seeing one family each month on average who are affected by a loved one who has died from an opioid overdose,” Glueckert said.

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Last year, Glueckert’s funeral home handled arrangements for 10 families with a loved one who died from an opioid overdose. He said the average age at the time of death of an opioid addict is currently just 38-years-old.

“As a staff, it’s been heartbreaking to look into the eyes of all of these mothers and fathers, spouses — and even teenagers who have lost a parent from an opioid overdose,” Glueckert said, whose family-owned funeral home was accented in purple on Monday, Aug. 27, in recognition of International Overdose Awareness week.

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