CHICAGO – State Rep. John D’Amico, D-Chicago, is encouraging residents struggling with addiction and family members of those struggling with addiction to call a toll-free hotline with resources on opioid abuse and treatment.
“The opioid epidemic has touched every community; ours included,” D’Amico said. “Addressing the crisis requires action by residents at every level, from our representatives in Washington and Springfield to neighbors and family watching out for one another.”
Residents can call the Illinois Hotline for Opioids and Other Substances at 833-2FINDHELP to speak with a specialist about treatment. The hotline is free and confidential, and you don’t need to have insurance to access treatment. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer assistance to residents suffering from opioid addiction. Additional treatment information is also available at helplineil.org.
D’Amico supported the establishment of the toll-free number last year through House Bill 3161, which required the Department of Human Services to post information on their website about heroin and opioid abuse for the public.
“Opioid-related deaths doubled in the past three years alone,” D’Amico continued. “Addiction is not a choice; it’s a chronic disease, and one of the most difficult challenges life can throw your way. Taking away the stigma behind opioid abuse and providing free, confidential support can begin to address it.”