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McGuire: Stable budget key for recovery services


In August, President Obama proclaimed September to be National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) remains committed to the task of working with community leaders to help address the opioid addiction ravaging the entire state.

In Illinois alone, more than 2,100 people died of heroin doses between 2013 and 2015. Another 3,000 people suffered fatal overdoses from other drugs, including prescription opioids. Because of this, McGuire worked with Democrats and Republicans to pass the Heroin Crisis Act of 2015, for which he was the chief Senate co-sponsor. A key part of the legislation allows people to use Medicaid to cover the cost of treatment for addiction. The bill became law after both parties voted to override the governor’s veto.

"The word 'suddenly' used to be used in obituaries when an older person died of a heart attack. Now it's used to describe a young person's death due to an overdose, and I see it often,” McGuire said. “Illinois needs to stabilize its budget so people suffering from the disease of addiction can get the help they need, even if that help doesn't stick the first, second or third time."

For more information about National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website at recoverymonth.gov.