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Law enforcement agencies and health centers in central Illinois are scrambling to address the opioid epidemic.  DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner says heroin is the area's top public safety threat. Shofner's office is among six agencies that make up the Illinois State Police Task Force 6 narcotics unit. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin wants medical and dental schools in Illinois to have training sessions on responsible opioid prescription.

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Illinois regulators have yanked a doctor's license for running a cash-only pill mill and prescribing vast amounts of fentanyl and other addictive painkillers to patients in 11 states.  Disciplinary paperwork notes Dr. Paul C. Madison had patients in California, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

A new report says nearly 12 million Medicare beneficiaries received at least one prescription for an opioid painkiller last year at a cost of $4.1 billion. Federal data shows how common the addictive drugs are in many older Americans' medicine cabinets. 

Peoria Police, DEA Collecting Unused Medications

Apr 28, 2016
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The Peoria Police Department is holding a drug drop off this weekend for residents to safely and anonymously remove unnecessary controlled substances from their medicine cabinets.

It’s part of a national take-back day in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration that aims to keep drugs from getting into the wrong hands. The Police Department says it will accept prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

The collection is Saturday from 10 a-m to 2 p-m in the department’s lobby.  

Illinois will be the first state in the nation with a program to dispense some prescriptions in locking pill bottles. 

Two Illinois lawmakers have announced bipartisan legislation that would spend $25 million to fight an epidemic of heroin and prescription drug abuse.

The Illinois State Medical Society wants the Illinois legislature to make it harder for patients to misuse prescription pain medication. 

Tazewell County residents without prescription drug coverage can now use another free card for savings.