SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Janet Yang Rohr, D-Naperville, is working to save lives and protect children from fentanyl by introducing bipartisan legislation to teach more students about the dangers of the drug.
“Fentanyl has claimed the lives of too many Illinoisans, but the surest way we can combat this is through educating our young people on the dangers of this lethal drug,” Yang Rohr said. “I will work diligently in our upcoming legislative session to pass this much-needed legislation. Everyone has a stake in a future free of drug overdoses, and education is the ticket to that future.”
Under current state law, fentanyl education is required in high school health courses, beginning the 2024-2025 school year. House Bill 4219 will further expand fentanyl education by requiring at least one dedicated unit in every middle school state-mandated health course, starting the following 2025-2026 school year.
“Keeping our community safe is one of my most important responsibilities as your state Representative,” said Yang Rohr. “Teaching our students from an early age the dangers posed by this deadly drug and how to save someone from a fentanyl overdose pays dividends towards keeping Illinois healthy and aware. I look forward to seeing this bill passed and signed into law.”