IDPH looks to address opioid epidemic

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ILLINOIS — Opioid drug addiction has grown to epidemic proportions in the state. Medical healthcare providers and law enforcement are eager to find solutions.

Many gathered Wednesday to brainstorm new ways of tackling the issue. The Crisis Next Door is the title of a workshop hosted by the Department of Public Health. It focused on education, prevention, care and treatment programs.

Professionals attended to learn new ways of helping addicts. State and federal governments acknowledge education on the matter is vital in ending the problem. There were 1,800 overdose deaths in the state in 2015.

Medical officials say that number likely grew in 2016. Legislators are working on a new bill to reduce access to prescription opioids. It will only allow physicians to prescribe a week’s worth of pills for patients.

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