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How is Illinois dealing with the opioid crisis?

Illinois, unfortunately, has become one of the most well-known states in the country in terms of the national opioid epidemic. News stories of overdose deaths due to opioids such as heroin frequently come out of the state, and the problem is alarmingly severe.

The extreme level of crisis in Illinois has led to several initiatives aimed at curbing the crisis and getting adequate help and treatment for people who have an addiction to an opioid. People who have an addiction to this type of drug come from all walks of life, and there is not one typical profile to describe who may likely succumb. Luckily, the state recognizes this and actively works to put programs into place that bring much-needed help.

The Illinois Opioid Action Plan

The Illinois Department of Public Health, or IDPH, instituted the Illinois Opioid Action Plan as a "collective call to action" on the state's part. State representatives said they recognize the opioid epidemic affects everyone in Illinois is some way. Therefore, the state provides a comprehensive approach to tackling and dealing with the problem. It aims to reduce the number of projected overdose deaths by one-third within the year 2020. It focuses on what it calls three main "pillars," which are: prevention, treatment and recovery, and response. The response pillar aims to help avert deaths that result from overdoses.

Getting help for people addicted to opioids

An opioid addiction and getting caught with illegal opioids in Illinois can happen to people from any social class and from all walks of life. It is crucial not to try to reduce the problem to a specific generalized category of people or situations. As the IDPH recognizes, the opioid problem touches the lives of all the state's residents in some form or another. 

Prevention, treatment and recovery are the main paths to assistance and building a new life for those suffering the trials and difficulties of opioid addiction. If you or someone you know is facing this issue, inform yourself about the specific resources available in your area.

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