BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Law enforcement agencies and health centers in central Illinois are scrambling to address the opioid epidemic.
DeWitt County Sheriff Jered Shofner tells The Pantagraph newspaper (http://bit.ly/2qkpw7K ) that heroin is the area’s top public safety threat. Shofner’s office is among six agencies that make up the Illinois State Police Task Force 6 narcotics unit.
McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage says public education is key to fighting the surge of cases involving prescription drugs, which he says can be a path to heroin.
A Bloomington mental health crisis and detox center had to turn away 70 people with addictions in March, a recurring dilemma for the 14-bed facility.
Chestnut Health Systems is in the process of adding eight more beds to its crisis stabilization center for people experiencing a mental health or drug-related crisis.
Information from: The Pantagraph, http://www.pantagraph.com