Heroin Study to Address Use by School-Aged Children Signed into Law

A bill that directs the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force to study the growing problem of heroin use among school-aged children was signed into law today.

House Bill 4542, now known as Public Act 98-0861, charges a 16-member panel with conducting a study of heroin use problems in grades 6-12.

“Heroin has unfortunately become the new drug of choice for school-aged children,” said State Representative Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), a Co-Sponsor of the bill. “Ease of access and affordability of the drug led to 46 heroin overdose deaths in DuPage County last year, compared to 29 deaths just five years ago.” Read more.

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