LaShawn Ford, Illinois State Representative, 8th District
With the current heroin and opioid crisis, there is a need to get to the root cause of addiction. Even with the use of methadone and similar drugs to battle addiction, individuals are still not free of chemical dependence. There needs to be a long term treatment, one not just for detox, and one where patients do not just get sent back into the community. Illinois needs to fund an upfront investment to help dependents.
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