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Opioid Addlction

  • 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.”

  • Bush: Expanded access to overdose reversal drug will save lives

    NalaxoneSPRINGFIELD – Senator Melinda Bush (D-Grayslake) issued the following statement in response to the release of the Illinois Naloxone Standing Order:

    “Naloxone, or Narcan, is a lifesaving drug that is able to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses, which have been occurring at an alarming rate in Illinois,” Bush said. “In 2015, I championed legislation to make Narcan more accessible and affordable for law enforcement agencies. Since taking effect, Narcan has been used by officers to save lives of Illinoisans across the state. I am pleased that the governor issued an order that will make it even easier for first responders and law enforcement officers to administer Narcan and save lives.”

    Under current law, a prescription is needed to dispense naloxone. The Standing Order issued yesterday acts as a prescription and allows pharmacists, pharmacies and opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution programs like law enforcement agencies, health departments and community-based organizations to acquire and distribute naloxone.