Heroin use has been on the upswing over the past several years around the state, and law enforcement continues to see more overdoses and deaths surrounding its use. Democrat State Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill says there has been a recent upward trend in heroin use, especially among young, rural teenagers. He is calling for the creation of a task force to address the growing problem.
Manar says more teens are being lured in by the drug's low cost and availability.
Heroin is second only to alcohol in substances for which people are seeking treatment in Illinois. Manar's (pictured left) bill creating the task force passed out of committee on Tuesday and now awaits approval by the full Senate.