State Rep. Lance Yednock, D-Ottawa, is organizing an Opioid Advisory Committee to bring together local advocates to offer solutions to the opioid crisis.
At the meeting, Yednock will highlight the legislation he supported, such as House Bill 2222, which would provide emergency first responders with real-time information on opioid overdoses, and House Resolution 58, which asks the Illinois Department of Public Health to develop and adopt new guidelines for the prescription of opioid prescription drugs.
“This crisis is out of control, and I want to see Illinois lead the charge on cracking down on this epidemic,” Yednock said in a press statement. “My first meeting of this advisory committee will bring together community leaders and other experts on opioid abuse to discuss how Illinois can adopt better policies to help people and prevent future substance abuse issues.”
Yednock will be hosting additional meetings over the coming months, where area residents will be encouraged to attend those and future meetings. If you or someone you know is experiencing opioid use disorder, call the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP.
“I look forward to the discussions with the members of this new committee to propose creative solutions that can be adopted at the state and local levels,” Yednock said in a press statement. “Something must be done to confront this crisis head-on, and while it may take time, people cannot wait any longer for action. I made a commitment to build a stronger Illinois, and tackling this major problem is one more way to accomplish that.”