Streator's public safety officials are speaking out after seeing a spike in opioid overdoses in recent days.
A joint statement from the Streator Police and Fire Departments asked the public to check in on any loved ones or friends suffering from addiction. Opioids purchased on the street are often extremely dangerous because they come in different mixtures and unknown strengths, the statement said.
"A person suffering from an opioid overdose may appear to simply be asleep but can't be awakened. They may also may be breathing very slowly or not at all. If you suspect a person has overdosed, call 9-1-1 immediately," said the statement.