Illinois House passes legislation aimed at combating heroin abuse

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would make heroin overdose-combating drugs more readily available to agencies trained to use them has been passed by the Illinois House.

In addition to making the drugs more available, the proposal also aims to have state agencies to watch over a statewide program that allows residents to dispose of unwanted prescription medications with local agencies and departments.  Supporters of the plan say it could help combat the growing use of prescription medications and heroin.  

House members passed the measure unanimously on Wednesday, though there were initial concerns on how the program would be funded.  According to the bill's sponsor, State Representative Lou Lang, state agencies will find a way to fund it.

The bill now heads to the Illinois Senate for consideration.

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