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Reboletti named vice chairman of heroin crisis task force

ELMHURST – State Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, has been chosen to serve as the vice chairman of the newly formed House Bipartisan Task Force on the Heroin Crisis.

The panel is charged with studying the need for legislation to address heroin-generated concerns on the part of both suburban families and local law enforcement, according to a news release from Reboletti.

This month in DuPage County, Reboletti and a group of House Republican lawmakers introduced legislation designed to tackle the full range and scope of Illinois’ heroin crisis. Included in the package are the following five bills:

• House Bill 5766 would create a pilot program in DuPage County to establish a secure substance abuse treatment facility that will be a joint partnership between the state and county to serve as a “last chance” option for those convicted of drug crimes.

• House Bill 5767 would extend Illinois’ RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statutes sunset date to 2022, which is currently scheduled to expire in 2017. It also would allow prosecutors to use a portion of the proceeds from seized assets accumulated by gangs to fund substance abuse treatment programs. 

• House Bill 5528 would generate drug overdose data by requiring each county’s Department of Public Health to track and periodically report the number of drug overdose deaths to the state.

• House Bill 5530 looks to raise awareness on the “Good Samaritan Law,” which protects people from prosecution for reporting an overdose.  

• House Bill 5529 directs the Department of Human Services to create and distribute pamphlets to educate holders of opiate prescriptions about the dangers of children and teens gaining access to medications.

Reboletti wants the legislature to take action on the bills in the next month, the release stated.

The task force plans to hold four public hearings in Chicago and the suburbs during the course of the spring session.

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