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Legislative Task Force Addresses Heroin Problem

Updated: Wednesday, May 21 2014, 03:39 PM CDT

Heroin is a growing problem in Illinois and lawmakers are
looking at ways to fight it. A legislative task force met Monday to discuss the
state's heroin problem and what can be done to stop its spread.



The highly addictive drug is blamed for the rise in drug
overdoses which has become the second leading cause of accident death in the U.S.



Experts say a growing number of heroin addicts are
individuals who have gone through surgeries or suffered from chronic health
problems.



"The introducing drug with a lot of people in their
teens is a prescription opioid which will lead to heroin use later on in life,"
Dr. Kirk Moberg with the Illinois Institute of Addiction Recovery said.



Dr. Moberg says it's important for physicians to use extreme
caution in prescribing or refilling pain medication.



Today was the fourth hearing for the state task force. Various
state and medical organizations are taking part in the efforts.

Legislative Task Force Addresses Heroin Problem


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