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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Will County Heroin forum focuses on next steps in fight against drug’s use

She was among about 300 people at Will County HERO/HELPS heroin forum Friday at the Edward Hospital Athletic and Event Center in Romeoville. The annual forum brings together lawmakers, social service agencies, law enforcement officials and families to discuss the state's heroin problem and raise awareness.

State Rep. Lou Lang, D-Skokie, was on hand Friday to offer what's next in the fight against heroin. Lang is sponsoring the state's Heroin Crisis Act, which would expand drug court programs, create the nation's first drug take-back program for pharmacies, require doctors to take continuing education courses on drug addiction and expand insurance coverage of treatment programs. The proposal, which unanimously passed out of a House committee last month, also would make Narcan -- a heroin overdose antidote -- available to first responder agencies at no cost.

"This is a public health crisis," said Lang, who made sure the bill was the first one introduced this year.

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