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State Sen. Bush: We have a heroin crisis in Illinois

State Sen. Bush: We have a heroin crisis in Illinois

We have a heroin crisis in this state. Illinoisans are dying of heroin overdoses at twice the rate they were in 1999. Since 2012, in the Chicago suburbs alone, an average of three people have died a day. This week, Gov. Bruce Rauner issued an amendatory veto of the Heroin Crisis Act, a proposal I supported in the Senate that seeks to address the epidemic of narcotic use in Illinois. He declined to sign this bill unless the State of Illinois removes investments in treatment for those who need help covering the insurance costs. As a society, we are coming to grips with the reality that drug addiction is not a war, but a public health concern — that the answer is not brutish...

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