Dixon commits to families of overdose deaths after number tops 100,000

DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) – In a first for the nation, the city of Dixon is declaring itself a recovery-friendly community after more than 100,000 overdose deaths in the United States in the last twelve months alone.

The Dixon Police Department shared Saturday’s proclamation via Facebook with a message of solidarity with the city’s principles on drug addiction recovery:

“Behind every death there is a family. Last year, more than 100,000 people lost their lives due to drug overdoses. Substance use disorders and mental illness are two of the most critical issues facing all communities. We are here to help. Dixon has officially become the first community in the nation to adopt this recovery-friendly community proclamation.”

The proclamation outlines what the city is doing to help members of the recovery community and those seeking help through its 2015 Safe Passage initiative, the 2018 Opioid Prevention Engagement Network (OPEN) project, the creation of recovery homes, naloxone training and its 2021 recovery program. Workplace friendly initiative.

Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr. signed the proclamation on Saturday, September 24.(Dixon, Illinois Police Department Facebook page)

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