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Sen. Durbin discusses initiatives to address opioid crisis with DuPage leaders

Fri May 6, 2016

The DuPage County Health Department hosted U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), who met with several DuPage County officials to discuss local efforts to combat the ongoing heroin and opioid crisis.  Durbin has introduced several pieces of legislation to combat the volume of addictive painkillers on the market, improve prescribing practices, expand treatment for heroin addiction and increase access to drug prevention programs that have been proven to save lives.
"In recent years, Illinois - like the rest of the country - has seen an alarming increase in drug overdose deaths. There isn't a city too small or a suburb too wealthy to be spared, as most new addictions begin with the over-prescription of opioids," Durbin said. "With heroin use on the rise, we should be committing serious resources to shut off the spigot that is fueling this crisis.  That means stemming the tide of opioids flooding the market and increasing accountability to ensure these addictive drugs are being prescribed responsibly."
During this round-table discussion, panelists presenting to Senator Durbin on local efforts included: DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin, DuPage County Coroner Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Health Department Executive Director Karen Ayala, Gateway Foundation Executive Director Jim Scarpace, DuPage County Health Department Medical Officer Dr. Rashmi Chugh and DuPage County Board (District 4) member Grant Eckhoff.
Also in attendance were DuPage County Board (District 1) and DuPage County Board of Health member Sam Tornatore and DuPage County Board of Health member Dr. Nadeem Hussain.

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