Legislators Against Heroin

Illinois House Republicans along with DuPage County officials recently unveiled a package of legislation aimed at combating heroin usage in the area.

The proposed laws focus on heroin prevention, treatment, and education, including creating a pilot program in DuPage County to establish a “last chance” substance abuse treatment facility for those convicted of drug crimes.

“We would work with those individuals who are low offenders that would be on probation or younger individuals that may otherwise be going to prison and operation that with more of a treatment based mentality,” said Representative Dennis Reboletti.

Other highlights of the proposed package include:

State-wide heroin education initiatives like promoting the Good Samaritan Law, which protects residents from prosecution from reporting an overdose

Requiring each county’s health departments to track and report the number of overdose deaths to the state

The enhancement of penalties for krokodil, a cheaper heroin alternative, to prevent that epidemic from growing.

DuPage County has allocated $100,000 for heroin prevention education and awareness for their “Be a Hero-In DuPage” campaign. For more information on that visit heroindupage.org.

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