GHP Q1 2018

GHP / Q1 2018 27 AptarGroup and Adapt Pharma Donate NARCAN ® Nasal Spray to Opioid Crisis Coalitions in Illinois g solutions that improve the lives of millions of people around the world daily. It’s especially meaningful when we are able to contribute to saving lives. We are pleased to partner with Adapt Pharma, Governor Rauner’s Task Force and the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition to help address the opioid epidemic in our own backyard,” said Stephan Tanda, CEO of Aptar. “Raising awareness of the crisis and making these potentially life-saving doses more accessible to those who most need it will have a lasting impact on our community.” Nearly 1,950 people died of opioid overdoses in Illinois in 2016, an 82 percent increase in just three years. Synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl and its analogues, are disproportionately contributing to the rise in both fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the state, with a tenfold increase from 2013 to 2016. With headquarters in Crystal Lake, Ill., Aptar recognized the need in Illinois – and its home county of McHenry – for increased access to NARCAN ® . Today’s donation of 4,000 doses was received by the Illinois Department of Public Health on behalf of the Illinois Department of Corrections and Illinois State Police, as well as by Chicago Recovery Alliance. The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition will accept the donation of 1,000 doses on Friday 9th February. “This product is a life-saver,” Governor Rauner said as the presentation was made at Chicago Recovery Alliance’s Taylor Street offices in Garfield Park this afternoon. “We will continue to fight the root causes of this epidemic, but meanwhile, this generous donation is most welcome and appreciated.” “Every day, hundreds of lives are forever changed by the opioid epidemic. NARCAN ® Nasal Spray is an effective emergency treatment that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when an adequate dose is administered in time,” said Seamus Mulligan, chairman and CEO at Adapt Pharma. “We are proud to work with Aptar and the State of Illinois to ensure this critical intervention tool is more readily available and in the hands of those most likely to witness an overdose.” The NARCAN ® Nasal Spray donation will largely impact the Illinois State Police in the line of action and benefit the Illinois criminal justice system, giving parole agents a tool to help save lives in the field. Additional doses will support Chicago Recovery Alliance’s mission of harm reduction, as well as education and distribution programs in McHenry County. “Lives in our community are impacted on a daily basis, and we are excited that Aptar recognizes the epidemic in their home community,” said Jason Sterwerf, chairman of the McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition. “The McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition is honoured that Aptar is making a commitment to continue to make this intervention tool available for our community partners who confront this epidemic every day.” The need for expanded awareness, education and access to naloxone is more apparent than ever. NARCAN ® Nasal Spray is not a substitute for emergency medical care, and repeat applications may be necessary. Seek emergency medical assistance immediately after initial use, keeping the patient under continued surveillance.