heroin releaseSPRINGFIELD— Senator Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) voted today to override the governor’s veto of legislation intended to combat heroin use.

Since an override was approved in the House and today in the Senate, House Bill 1 has become law.

“Will County has been working to address its heroin epidemic for several years, and this new law is intended to help prevent tragedies from occurring in our community,” said Bertino-Tarrant. “It includes policy recommendations from several sources, including affected family members and addicts, law enforcement agencies, judges and doctors.”

Under this law, public safety professionals will receive training on how to administer Naloxone. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can save lives by reversing the effects of an overdose from heroin or opioids.

This new law will help make drug court available to more people and expands insurance coverage for drug rehabilitative services.

This legislation was proposed in response to the significant increase in heroin and opioid- related overdoses and deaths over the last 10 years.

Bertino-Tarrant, a co-sponsor of the measure in the Illinois Senate, has served as the co-chairman of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and hosted local heroin prevention forums in the community.

House Bill 1 is effective immediately.

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