Rep. Edly-Allen Honors Chief Eric Guenther for Opioid Program

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Rep. Edly-Allen with Police Chief Eric Guenther

Press release from the Office of State Representative Mary Edly-Allen

For immediate release
Feb. 11, 2020

 LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – State Rep. Mary Edly-Allen, D-Libertyville, presented Mundelein Chief of Police Eric Guenther with a resolution from the Illinois House of Representatives honoring him for receiving the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.

The Davis Award is the American Medical Association’s top government service award.

“Chief Guenther and I share the same sentiment that substance abuse is not a criminal justice issue but rather a public health issue,” said Edly-Allen. “Throughout history, we have seen policy failures when battling substance abuse and it is imperative we learn from those failures and create effective ways to combat the opioid crisis. Chief Guenther’s efforts on ‘A Way Out’ provide the purposeful leadership needed to implement innovative solutions.”

“When confronted with an opioid epidemic that has overwhelmed police departments and first responders across the country, Chief Gunther found an innovative solution that is working for his community and giving people with substance use disorder a chance at recovery,” said AMA Board Chair Jack Resneck Jr., M.D.

“A Way Out” allows those struggling from substance abuse to seek rehabilitation through law enforcement rather than face arrest.


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State Rep. Mary Edly-Allen presents Mundelein Chief of Police Eric Guenther with a resolution adopted by the Illinois House of Representatives. The American Medical Association recently recognized Guenther with the Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service in recognition of his “A Way Out” program for individuals suffering from addiction.

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