“The opioid epidemic has touched every community in Illinois, including ours,” Carroll said. “Addressing this crisis requires action at every level, from our representatives in Springfield to neighbors watching out for each other.”
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, confidential, and insurance is not required. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer assistance. Additional information is also available at helplineil.org.
Carroll 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. Now, Carroll believes this information can save lives.
“Addiction is not a choice. It is a chronic disease that people struggle with every day,” Carroll continued. “The hotline offers free, confidential support to anyone who needs help beating addiction.”