U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) this week voted for 18 bipartisan bills to fight our nation’s prescription drug abuse and heroin epidemic.
“Every 12 minutes someone dies from a drug overdose in the U.S.,” said Davis. “Prescription drug abuse is on the rise and making its way into our communities. The number of opioids such as Vicodin, OxyContin, and codeine prescribed in the U.S. have quadrupled since 1999 and so have the number of deaths from overdoses. This is an epidemic that's not limited to any one socioeconomic status or geographical area – addiction can happen to anyone. The bills passed by the House this week will help our states and law enforcement fight this epidemic by clarifying guidelines for physician oversight, reforming drug treatment programs, and increasing training for first responders.”
CLICK HERE to watch Davis' floor speech in support of this legislation.
In 2014, there were more than 1,700 drug overdose deaths in Illinois – the 8th highest in the nation. Many of these deaths occur in and around Chicago but communities in the 13th District have seen a significant increase in opioid possession arrests and overdose deaths.
How this epidemic is impacting Central and Southwestern Illinois communities:
‘“We were dealing with heroin and methamphetamine 10 years ago,” said DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner. “It seems like it started to subside a little bit, but now, it’s back.”’ –Herald & Review, Feb. 28, 2016
“Madison and St. Clair County residents are buying opioid prescriptions at a rate that soars above the national average, according to new data from federal agencies.” –Belleville News-Democrat, April 26, 2016
‘"Forty-six percent of the patients in our medically monitored detoxification program and in our residential program are addicted to heroin," Joan Hartman, central region manager for Bloomington-based Chestnut Health Systems, said. "Five years ago, it was 18 percent."’ –Bloomington Pantagraph, Feb. 26, 2016