Drug use among teenagers is not a new thing, but, according to State Rep. Sam Yingling (D-Round Lake Beach), more of them are turning to heroin. That’s why Yingling is sponsoring a bill to create the Youth Adult Heroin Use Task Force.

Yingling says the group, to be made up of seven lawmakers, “shall study the problem of heroin abuse in high schools and make recommendations for programs that high schools can conduct to increase education about this growing threat.”

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The bill establishing the task force has passed a House committee, where concerns were raised that the task force is too narrow and should focus on other drugs as well. Bruce Johnson, executive officer of Nicasa, a drug treatment organization, says this should be isolated.

“The climb has been exponential, not only in the use [but in] those seeking treatment and death,” Johnson said.

H.B. 946 has passed the House Elementary and Secondary Education Committee.

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