Naperville, Illinois Councilwoman Patty Gustin

City Councilwoman Gustin serves the city of Naperville, Illinois. Her office submitted these responses to the American Opioid Podcast on 11/4/2019 6:31 AM.


If a resident in your city visited your office and said that he or she had some spare time and wanted to volunteer to help alleviate the opioid crisis, what kinds of activities would you recommend?

Connect with KidsMatter, 360 youth, MenInRecovery and other organizations that have a pulse on our communities opioid awareness.


Recently, many overdoses are increasingly due to fentanyl. What can cities do to protect against this newest threat to public health?

Fentanyl and other drugs use start somewhere, a gateway drug exposure.  Protect through education and laws that do not support drug use like recreational marijuana cannabis normalcies.


How much support has your city received from federal and state government public health agencies, opioid safety coalitions, elected officials, and nonprofit organizations or foundations?

Much.  I have been vocal and worked towards educating the public on the normalcy of drug use, like the recent sale of recreational marijuana law in IL.  Sending a message that marijuana use should be normalize, is acceptable and healthy.  It is a gateway to other drugs according to medical reports.


If you had a magic wand that allowed you to pass any legislation you wanted in order to help alleviate the opioid crisis in your state, what would that legislation look like?


I have a list as one law will not address all pending laws that support sale and use.


Are there any additional resources your department could use that would help alleviate the crisis in your city?

More social service funds to assist those agencies already in place to help educate driven to alleviate the drug crisis.