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  • Bertino-Tarrant measure to publicize information on opioid addiction becomes law

    jbt opiate addiction 091117SPRINGFIELD—Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse will be more readily available thanks to legislation signed into law today.

    “We need to provide every possible resource and assistance we can as a state to address the heroin and opioid addictions problem many face throughout Illinois,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. “Addiction is hurting families throughout the entire state and now we can try to help provide the information they need.”

  • Bertino-Tarrant: New drug abuse information website will save lives

    jbt 052517SPRINGFIELD— Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse could become more readily available due to legislation that passed the Illinois Senate on Thursday.

    “We need to every possible way to address the heroin and opioid addiction problems our state faces,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. “Families are being destroyed by addiction and we need to make information and resources more readily available.”

    The legislation, House Bill 3161, would require the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

    “This new website will allow people to get information and important resources,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

    Under House Bill 3161, the website developed and maintained by DHS would include the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, helpful tips for parents on how to discuss the dangers of addiction with their children, available treatment options and services and other related information.

    Will County saw a record number of heroin related-deaths in 2016, an increase of more than 40 percent from the previous year. According to the Will County coroner’s office, 77 people died in Will County due to opioid overdoses in 2016.

    Bertino-Tarrant has actively tried to combat addiction-related problems in her district. She served as the co-chairwoman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted heroin prevention forums in her district.

  • Tom Cullerton works to give DuPage County parents tools to fight opioid epidemic

    Opioid epidemicSPRINGFIELD - DuPage parents may soon have easily found educational information to prevent heroin and opioid addition, thanks to Villa Park Democrat State Senator Tom Cullerton.

    Cullerton passed House Bill 3161 which will require the Department of Human Services to create and maintain a website to educate the public on heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

    “We need to equip every single person who touches the life of a young person with the necessary resources to combat the heroin epidemic,” Cullerton said. “This is a simple step the state can take to make sure DuPage parents have a place to turn to help their children avoid or kick this deadly addiction.”