Illinois: Opioid Epidemic

Toll of heroin, opioid abuse continues to increase in Illinois. Public health officials counted 1,889 people who died from opioid overdoses in Illinois in 2016.

Illinois is fighting back through implementation of the new Prescription Monitoring Program, mandated by the General Assembly in 2015 to cut down and eliminate multiple scripts of opiates and other potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals to a single patient. Law enforcement is taking steps, coordinated by the Criminal Justice Information Authority, to reduce opioid use in Illinois and make police contacts into a gateway to abuse treatment.

Through 2017 Executive Order #5, Gov. Bruce Rauner has created the Governor’s Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force. To be chaired by Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, the Task Force will develop an Opioid Action Plan to increase the coordination of state and local governments in the fight against opioid abuse.

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