RED BUD, Ill. – As a part of his continued efforts to address the opioid crisis, state Rep. Nathan Reitz, D-Steeleville, is highlighting Overdose Awareness Day, which falls on Aug. 31.
“The opioid epidemic and subsequent heroin crisis is a major issue across the state, and we feel the damaging impacts of drug abuse right here in our local communities,” said Reitz. “Illinois must do more to address the opioid crisis, and I will continue working with lawmakers, community leaders and first responders to put an end to this epidemic.”
Reitz is highlighting International Overdose Awareness Day, which aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths. If you or someone you know is experiencing opioid addiction, Reitz is encouraging you to call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP.
“Rural Southern Illinois faces a severe lack of resources to address the opioid crisis. According to a report from the Illinois Department of Public Health, there are only four medical centers in the bottom half of the state equipped with the necessary resources to combat opioid use disorders,” continued Reitz. “The opioid epidemic is devastating communities in our region. I will continue fighting for Southern Illinois and calling on lawmakers to take action to address the drug crisis.”
For more information, contact Rep. Reitz’s constituent service office by calling 618-282-7284 or by emailing RepNReitz@gmail.com.