JOLIET, Ill. – State Rep. Natalie Manley, D-Joliet, is calling on Gov. Rauner to sign legislation that will create a more a comprehensive website with tools and resources to educate the public about the dangers of heroin.
“The heroin and opioid crisis continues to grow in Will County and across the state,” Manley. “One important component to fighting this epidemic is education and that starts with making sure that people know where to go to find all of the information they need. This legislation ensures that anyone in Illinois looking for resources and tools can find them all in one place.”
Manley’s House Bill 3161 requires the Department of Human Services to update their existing website about heroin and opioid abuse to better educate the public. The new information will include: the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, tips for parents on how to talk about these drugs with their children, a list of places where someone can receive treatment and a toll-free number that people can call with questions about heroin abuse and treatment.
“Through the middle of this year, Will County has already seen 45 opioid-related deaths,” Manley said. “This website will give parents the resources they need to start conversations with our children about the dangers of heroin and point them in the right direction for treatment services. I urge the governor to quickly sign this legislation into law to make sure our community has access to as many resources as possible.”
For more information, please contact Manley’s constituent service office at 815-725-2741 or RepManley@gmail.com.