Government
6:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

State forms taskforce to tackle heroin

Illinois lawmakers are forming a task force to study what they say is an "epidemic" heroin problem.  DuPage County -- among the wealthiest in Illinois --  last year had a record 46 deaths related to the drug.  But state Representative Dennis Reboletti, a Republican from Elmhurst, warns that "task forces" often have a hard time staying on task.

 "I've been assigned to a task force about heroin that hasn't met yet -- and I wish it would -- regarding education and issues of heroin within schools."

 Reboletti and other lawmakers last week proposed legislation they say would address the problem, creating a  "last chance" treatment facility and increasing public education about the drug.