State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) is sponsoring legislation that could help prevent someone you love from becoming addicted to painkillers. House Bill 2743 would require health insurance companies to cover prescription costs for painkillers that are being produced with abuse-deterrent properties.
Beiser says with some of the current prescription drugs, abusers crush and then snort the pills or mix them with water to inject.
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Since 2011, Madison County has seen at least 20 heroin related deaths each year. There were over 100 overdose deaths in 2014, with more than half attributed to opioid and heroin abuse.