Three suburban Democrats will join Downstate Senator Andy Manar of Bunker Hill on a new committee charged with finding legislative solutions to Illinois’ growing teen heroin problem. State Senators Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant of Shorewood, Melinda Bush of Grayslake and Julie Morrison of Deerfield will help provide unique perspectives from Cook, Will and Lake counties.
Over the past decade, as heroin has become cheaper and purer, use and death have rapidly spiked in the Chicago suburbs and Downstate – especially use by teenagers and men and women in their early 20s. Heroin use remains a problem in parts of urban Chicago as well.
“Young people in rural areas and the suburbs have been using heroin more and more frequently in recent years,” Manar said. “They need to be made aware of the dangers of using heroin and the reality that it can kill them the first time they try it.”