State officials say there's a state of emergency in Illinois when it comes to heroin overdoses, with hundreds of people dead after overdosing on the drug in recent years. A newly formed task force is looking for ways to curb the problem, which lawmakers say is rearing its head in every part of the state.
Especially hard hit has been the Metro-East. State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) says the task force will be hosting public hearings across the state in the coming months to take suggestions from people in the community.
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22 people died in Madison County last year after overdosing on the drug.
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