Gov. Pritzker dedicates $4.1 million to battle state’s opioid crisis

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Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed an Executive Order to battle the opioid crisis. (Image courtesy MGN Online)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WEHT) — Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has signed an Executive Order to battle the opioid crisis.

The new initiative dedicates $4.1 million to expand addiction recovery and prevention services.

Recent data shows Illinois is winning the battle against opioids, with the first decline in overdose deaths in five years.

But, Pritzker says minority communities are lagging behind.

The state is setting aside another $500,000 to help collect and recover needles and syringes from the streets.

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(This story was originally published on January 28, 2020)

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