Davis meets with local officials on heroin issue
By Edith Brady-Lunny, Pantagraph
The profile of a typical heroin user shooting up in a dark alley or backstage at a rock concert no longer holds true, McLean County officials told U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis on Monday during discussion of a drug crisis that has moved from big cities to rural communities.
Sheriff Jon Sandage and Coroner Kathy Davis showed the congressman a sampling of drugs confiscated by sheriff's police and explained that heroin users come from all economic levels and share a desperation to acquire the highly addictive narcotic. During his examination of a small bag on a table in the evidence room, Davis admitted that Monday was the first time he had seen heroin.
"I literally have never seen it," he said.
The destruction left in the wake of heroin use and overdoses has the attention of members of Congress who support five pieces of legislation aimed at the national opioid epidemic, said Davis. Small towns across Illinois, including the 13th District represented by the Taylorville Republican, have witnessed heroin use firsthand, said Davis.
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