SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to combat the opioid crisis in local communities and across the state of Illinois, state Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, is backing a resolution calling on the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to adopt new guidelines for painkillers.
“The opioid epidemic is a public health crisis, and it is ravaging communities and devastating families all over our state. Opiate addiction does not discriminate, and it can affect anybody,” said Mussman. “The number of opioid-related overdoses continues to rise each and every year. It is time for real action to be taken by the Department of Public Health to address this crisis.”
Mussman is sponsoring House Resolution 58, a measure that encourages IDPH to adopt new guidelines for painkillers, with the goal of lowering the number of opioids prescribed, as well as procedures to address the steady increase of opioid-related deaths in Illinois. According to the Department of Public Health, the number of opioid deaths in Cook County increased from 486 in 2013 to 1036 in 2017.
“Opioid-related overdoses and deaths are increasing at an alarming rate, and we must do something to help end this epidemic,” continued Mussman. “I will continue working with legislators from around the state and the Department of Public Health to find solutions to address this public health emergency.”
For more information, please contact Rep. Mussman’s constituent service office at 847-923-9104 or StateRepMussman@gmail.com.