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No state in the U.S. has legalized safe consumption sites yet.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — There’s a growing drug abuse problem across the country. Illinois lawmakers are working to tackle this problem in the state.
One bill proposed this session, House Bill 0110, would create monitored safe consumption sites for drug use.
Bill sponsor Rep. LaShawn Ford, D-Chicago, believes this is the next step in fighting the drug epidemic, saying this would cut down on drug overdoses.
“Studies prove that safe consumption sites reduce fatal overdoses,” Ford said. “It also reduces the nuisance in the streets with people using drugs on the streets and leaving needles.”
Ford explained that if signed into law, this bill would establish a pilot site, likely in Chicago, where people can also get resources and help.
“The Department of Public Health and the Department of Human Services will work together to put together a plan for a pilot, and that’s our goal,” Ford said.
Ford said there’s more fentanyl coming into the state, leading to an increase in overdoses.
“We need to make sure we have places where people can get the help that they need, so an increase in Heroin