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Anthony sponsors legislation to stop heroin epidemic

Published: Monday, March 24, 2014 9:07 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – State rep. John Anthony, R-Plainfield, is sponsoring several pieces of legislation to cut down on illegal drug and heroin use, which have become growing epidemics in Illinois.

“While serving as a police officer, I witnessed a substantial upswing in drug abuse in our community,” said Anthony in a news release. “I am co-sponsoring these pieces of legislation, because I believe they will provide Illinois’ law enforcement officers with needed tools to get manufacturers and dealers off the streets. They also include a mechanism to prevent abusers from using doctors to obtain controlled substances for recreational use.”

Anthony is sponsoring five pieces of legislation that are part of a House Republican Package against heroin and illegal drug use.

In addition, Anthony is serving on a statewide Heroin Abuse Task Force to study the current situation in Illinois and work to find solutions to this growing problem.

House Bill 5527 will enact stricter laws to prevent the practice of going from one doctor to the next to obtain multiple prescriptions for controlled substances, commonly known as “doctor shopping.” This legislation also provides harsh penalties for doctors who prescribe controlled substances in cases where there is no medical need.

House Bill 5528 requires that if a coroner determines that a drug overdose is the cause of death, the coroner shall report it to the Department of Public Health to increase the accuracy of drug overdose statistics.

House Bill 5531 declares desomorphine, a drug stemming from morphine, as a “specified illegal drug.” This bill increases the penalties for manufacturing or delivering desomorphine, a recreational drug that has recently been growing in popularity, according to the news release.

House Bill 5766 will allow the state to partner with DuPage County to create a pilot program that will provide incarcerated individuals with a facility to receive treatment for their drug addictions.

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