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  • Crowe encouraged by governor’s action to combat opioid crisis

    crowe 012820WOOD RIVER – Pleased by the governor’s executive order signed Monday to strengthen the state’s commitment to addressing the opioid epidemic and increasing the state investment by over $4 million in this fiscal year, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) issued the following statement:

    “I commend the governor’s work to fight against opioid abuse. As members of the Senate’s Opioid Crisis Abatement Committee have studied this crisis, we’ve been able to identify areas lacking support and ways to improve access to opioid addiction prevention and treatment programs.

    I’ve been meeting with experts from state and local agencies to draft initiatives addressing the discrepancies in resources and will soon introduce legislation to curb the opioid epidemic.

    I thank Gov. Pritzker and his administration for prioritizing this burden affecting thousands across our state. I look forward to his partnership.”

  • Cunningham's bill to combat opiod overdoses clears committee

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    SPRINGFIELD – A measure sponsored by State Senator Bill Cunningham to combat opioid overdoses by improving emergency response time cleared the Senate Public Health Committee in a bipartisan manner Tuesday.

    “The prevalence of opioid addiction and overdose in our country is a crisis and we need to find immediate solutions to prevent opioid-related deaths,” said Cunningham, a Democrat who represents portions of Chicago and the southwest suburbs. “Our first responders are heroes in this fight and we need to ensure they have every tool available to respond quickly and effectively to suspected overdoses.”

  • Opioid Alternative Pilot Program begins accepting patients

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  • Manar, others link state budget cuts to cycle of despair in rural Illinois

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  • Sen. Hunter addresses heroin, opioid epidemic with skillful plan

    hunter heroin 111616SPRINGFIELD – Today, State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) announced a new plan to tackle the heroin and opioid epidemic spreading across the state. State officials, community leaders and families joined Sen. Hunter to share their experiences while working to help those struggling with substance abuse.

    "As a certified substance abuse counselor I’ve had the opportunity to work as a support system for those struggling with drug addiction,” said State Senator Mattie Hunter.

  • Overdose awareness: Manar, Durbin discuss opioid abuse problem

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  • Bush statement on override of Heroin Crisis Act veto

    bush narcan cmteGRAYSLAKE — State Sen. Melinda Bush issued the following statement as members of the Illinois House voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of House Bill 1, the Heroin Crisis Act, on Wednesday.

    “Citizens have demanded we address this public health crisis,” Bush said. “This comprehensive plan to reduce addiction and death must not be delayed further. I will cast my ‘Yes’ vote to override this veto and make this the law of the land, and I urge all my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.”

    Among other provisions in the proposal is a section referred to as “Lali’s Law,” which would expand access to heroin overdose antidotes at local pharmacies. The law is so named for Alex “Lali” Laliberte, whose sister Chelsea formed the anti-heroin organization Live4Lali after her brother’s death by heroin overdose in 2008.

    Live4Lali has been promoting the wider distribution and awareness of Narcan, an antidote that immediately halts the lethal chemical effects of a narcotics overdose with no adverse side effects and can be used safely with minimal training. Law enforcement officers in Lake County carry the small kits and have already reported several deaths averted by their use over the past year.

    The legislation is House Bill 1. It proceeds to the Senate, where it requires a three-fifths supermajority vote to override the governor’s veto.

  • Kotowski reacts to Rauner rejection of heroin treatment legislation

    heroinSPRINGFIELD- State Senator Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) issued the statement below in response to Governor Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 1. The legislation, passed earlier in the year by Kotowski, creates a multi-faceted approach to stopping heroin and opioid abuse by:

    • Requiring doctors and pharmacies to document when narcotics have been prescribed
    • Requiring the State Board of Education to create a heroin and opioid drug prevention program for schools
    • Creating a statewide medication take-back program
    • Allowing a pharmacist to dispense lifesaving Narcan to prevent heroin overdoses

    The governor's amendatory veto removes funding for treatment programs targeting low-income individuals.

    "Investing in programs to help individuals struggling with drug addiction – regardless of socio-economic status – gives those people an opportunity to break the cycle of addiction and remain productive members of society. Failing to fund these programs now will cost taxpayers substantially more in the long run.

    "Signing this landmark legislation, which passed both the House and Senate with large bipartisan majorities, would have saved lives and had an immediate impact in the fight to curb the exploding heroin epidemic taking over our communities and schools.

    "While I am encouraged that Governor Rauner acknowledges the growing heroin and opioid problem in our state, we owe it to the victims, families and youth of our communities to take action now."