Hultgren calls on community to help fight opioid epidemic
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL) added more ammunition to his war on the opioid and heroin epidemic recently by calling together community and health-care leaders at the Campton Township Community Center, according to a press release.
“Above all, our goal is still saving lives, and our community leaders are on the front lines every day in this fight," Hultgren said, according to the release. “From educating the public on the opioid epidemic, to stemming the inflow of heroin and abused opioids into our communities, the tasks before all of us are difficult. But working together and coordinating our efforts is the lynchpin to ensuring we are having real success against this plague.”
Hultgren, who has been working with Northern Illinois on the issue since 2014, met with law-enforcement members, first responders and emergency room officials to learn about their progress in addressing the epidemic locally and where they see room for improvement. He also met with state and local government officials. The groups noted that their focus is still on education and prevention and commended the successes of providing first responders with naloxone, an antidote to overdoses.