Governor Kicks Off New Opioid Prevention “Listening Tour”

Governor Kicks Off New Opioid Prevention “Listening Tour”

–THE GOVERNOR’S NEW OPIOID PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION TASK FORCE IS KICKING OFF A STATEWIDE LISTENING TOUR.
THE FIRST MEETING WAS HELD THIS WEEK IN CHICAGO…AND THE GROUP HEARD FROM THOSE AFFECTED PERSONALLY BY THE HIGHLY ADDICTIVE DRUGS. FIRST UP WAS AMY MCCORMICK, WHOSE SON OWEN BECAME ADDICTED AFTER AN OUT-PATIENT HAND SURGERY.

NARCAN IS AN ANTIDOTE FOR OPIOID OVERDOSES. OPIOID RELATED DEATHS ARE DRAMATICALLY INCREASING IN ILLINOIS.

DENNIS PAGACH, AN ADDICT WHO HAS BEEN CLEAN FOR MORE THAN A MONTH NOW STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL SUPPORT PROGRAMS.

NEARLY TWO THOUSAND PEOPLE DIED OF AN OPIOID OVERDOSE LAST YEAR IN ILLINOIS, AND OFFICIALS SAY THAT NUMBER IS QUICKLY RISING. THE TASK FORCE IS GATHERING INFORMATION AND WILL HELP IMPLEMENT THE STATE’S NEW OPIOID ACTION PLAN.