Trotter makes case for heroin treatment, prevention

032415CM0612CHICAGO – In response to media reports of 74 heroin overdoses in 72 hours, State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) released the following statement.

“The recent spate of 74 heroin overdoses sheds a light on two growing epidemics: a heroin crisis and the moral dilemma of placing a price on the lives of Illinoisans.

If it were up to Governor Bruce Rauner, the state would ‘save money’ by defunding crucial addiction services while passing along the associated costs to hospitals and taxpayers.

The recent news would become a new normal.

Thankfully, lawmakers overrode the governor’s senseless cuts and addressed the public health crisis.

Turning a blind eye does not make the problem go away.

Hopefully the governor can now see the impact of the decisions he makes. He should work with us to solve and prevent problems.”

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