opiate addiction 091117PLAINFIELD- Emergency professionals will now have easier access to the life-saving drug Naloxone to save Will County residents’ lives.

State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is proud to announce Illinois now has a Standing Order to allow eligible organizations, mostly pharmacies and opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs, to provide naloxone to any person without a direct prescription.

“The opioid epidemic does not see race, color or socioeconomic status; it is a crisis affecting every community across Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Naloxone gives us a way to save lives. It’s our duty to equip emergency professionals with the tools to prevent drug related deaths.”

Naloxone is a non-addictive prescription medication that, if used while someone is having a heroin overdose, can save the person’s life. It is more commonly referred to as Narcan.
With Illinois’ standing order, insurers such as Medicaid and Medicare can be billed. Eligible individuals must complete appropriate training on naloxone administration to use the program.

In 2016, there were a record number of heroin related deaths in Will County, an increase of more than 40 percent from the previous year.  According to the Will County coroner’s office,

77 people died in Will County due to opioid overdoses last year.

Bertino-Tarrant has been working to end the opioid epidemic in Illinois by expanding educational resources to Will County residents.

The new law she championed this year requires the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on the effects of heroin and prescription opioid abuse. The website will include the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, helpful tips for parents on how to discuss the dangers of addiction with their children, available treatment options and services, and other related information.

“We need to provide every possible resource and assistance we can as a state to address the heroin and opioid addiction problems many face throughout Illinois,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “Addiction is hurting families in Will County. Educating area residents will help us alleviate and end the opioid overdose epidemic.”

Bertino-Tarrant urges area residents with questions on how to take advantage of resources to help fight opioid addiction to call her Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211.

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VeteranBreakfastFlyerPLAINFIELD— State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) is hosting a Veterans’ Breakfast this month.

The Veterans’ Breakfast will take place from 8:30 to 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 18, at the Plainfield American Legion (24741 W. Renwick Road, Plainfield, IL).

Representatives from the Attorney General’s Military and Veteran Bureau, Homes for Heroes, Kendall County Veterans Assistance Commission, Military Mama Network and Will County Veterans Assistance Commission will be on hand to discuss services and programs they offer.

Veterans will have the opportunity to hear from special guest speaker Dr. Steven E. Braverman. Dr. Braverman has been the Hospital Director for the Edward Hines J. Hospital since the fall of 2016. An Iraq War Veteran, he has put a priority on making Hines the Flagship of the Veteran’s Health Administration.

The breakfast is free to area veterans and open to the press.

People wanting to attend the breakfast should click here to RSVP or call Samantha in Bertino-Tarrant’s Plainfield office at (815) 254-4211.

Veterans’ Breakfast

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 18
Time: 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Location: Plainfield American Legion (24741 W. Renwick Road, Plainfield, IL)

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03012017CM0381WebPLAINFIELD- Research shows that providing children under the age of five with a high value education yields major long-term benefits.

To research and implement innovative policies to ease children’s transition from preschool to kindergarten, State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) was selected to serve on the Illinois General Assembly’s Kindergarten Transition Advisory Committee.

“The investments we make in our children during their formative years sets the foundation for their educational success,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The transition between early childhood education and kindergarten is crucial. It’s important that our school systems are maximizing every learning opportunity to ensure our children are set up on a trajectory of success.”

Bertino-Tarrant sponsored House Joint Resolution 24 that created the advisory council. A member from each legislative chamber was selected to participate. The bipartisan committee must submit a report to the governor and General Assembly by September 29, 2018.

Before joining the state senate, Bertino-Tarrant was an educator and passionate education advocate. She believes her background will give the council a unique perspective to help create a beneficial report to generate vital educational strategies and proposals.    

“One of the most important investments Illinois makes is in educating our children,” Bertino-Tarrant said. “The goal of the bipartisan committee is to work together to strengthen our education system to guarantee the children of Illinois are given the best possible educational experiences.”

The advisory committee held their first monthly meeting this week.

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05092017CM0307SPRINGFIELD—Information regarding heroin and prescription opioid abuse will be more readily available thanks to legislation signed into law today.

“We need to provide every possible resource and assistance we can as a state to address the heroin and opioid addictions problem many face throughout Illinois,” State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) said. “Addiction is hurting families throughout the entire state and now we can try to help provide the information they need.”

Will County saw a record number of heroin related-deaths in 2016, an increase of more than 40 percent from the previous year. According to the Will County coroner’s office, 77 people died in Will County due to opioid overdoses in 2016.

The new law would require the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to create and maintain a website to educate people on heroin and prescription opioid abuse.

“This new website will get information and important resources to the families and people who need them,” Bertino-Tarrant said.

The website developed and maintained by DHS would include the warning signs of heroin and opioid addiction, helpful tips for parents on how to discuss the dangers of addiction with their children, available treatment options and services and other related information.

Bertino-Tarrant has actively tried to combat addiction-related problems in her district. She served as the co-chairwoman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted heroin prevention forums in her district.

The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2018.

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