OTTAWA, Ill. – State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is promoting a statewide video campaign by the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), which will bring awareness to their new Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances.
“In order to build a stronger Illinois, we must ensure that Illinoisans who are struggling with opioid use have access to the care and health resources they need,” Yednock said. “Supporting the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances is one of the many steps I plan to take to help Illinoisans work through opioid and other substance abuse.”
Yednock is highlighting IDHS’s new statewide video campaign to promote the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances. The helpline connects individuals struggling with opioid or other substance abuse problems, and anyone affected by the disease, directly with treatment and recovery options. Videos feature individuals who share their stories of recovery and organizations from across the state who are providing treatment and recovery services for opioid and other substance use disorders.
This year, Yednock supported HB 3459, which would require the Department of Public Health to document and collect data on Illinois deaths, in which opioid overdose is determined to be a contributing factor. The Illinois department would then be charged to report their findings to the General Assembly.
“There are multiple ways we can meaningfully tackle this serious epidemic, so I will continue to work to provide more treatment options for people dealing with these issues,” Yednock said. “Opioid use can be one of the hardest problems to address and no one should feel like they have to go it alone.”
If you or someone you know is suffering from an opioid or other substance use disorder, call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP or visit HelplineIL.org.