New Illinois law seeks better data on heroin overdoses

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — The state is working to get a handle on how many heroin overdoses there are in Illinois under the requirements of a new state law. The (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald reports the state health department is developing rules and procedures for collecting information on overdoses as required by the Heroin Crisis Act. Supporters of the law enacted in September say its requirements will lead to a more reliable record of heroin overdoses and deaths. It requires hospitals to report all overdoses, fatal or note, to the state within 48 hours of treatment. Coroners must tell the state what drug caused each overdose death when that can be determined. Advocates say better information will help the state determine the problem’s scope. There were 681 heroin deaths reported statewide in 2014.