Illinois lawmakers seek to curb heroin, opioid crisis

Illinois lawmakers have passed legislation seeking to curb the state’s heroin and opioid crisis.
Legislation designed to battle addiction and stem deaths from overdoses was passed in the state House unanimously and had four votes in opposition when it was passed by the Senate. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports part of the bill was vetoed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, but legislators from both parties voted to override his alterations.
The law’s provisions include allowing pharmacists to provide the anti-overdose drug naloxone after being trained and requiring possession of anti-overdose drugs by fire departments, law enforcement agencies and emergency medical service providers.
The law also requires that private insurers provide coverage for anti-overdose medications, and that hospitals, coroners and medical examiners gather and report data on opioid and heroin overdose deaths and treatments.

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