WESTCHESTER, Ill. – State Rep. Chris Welch, D-Hillside, announced on Monday his appointment to the Heroin Task Force, to research the increases in heroin use in Illinois and make policy recommendations to help find a solution.
“We have to take back our communities and get dangerous drugs off of our streets,” Welch said. “Heroin use has been steadily climbing and I’m glad to be part of this effort to stop it. I look forward to joining the task force, in addition to working with local residents and police, to help find a solution to this continuing problem in our state.”
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2012 about 669,000 Americans reported using heroin in the past year. The task force will hold four public hearings in Chicago and its suburbs during the spring legislative session to gain insight on the scope of the heroin epidemic in Illinois.
“Heroin use is not just an urban issue,” Welch said. “Families in communities across our state are facing addiction and it’s important we reassess our laws to make sure that we have the most effective polices to fight drugs and drug dealers.”
Welch additionally encourages anyone that has questions about drugs or substance abuse to contact the Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse at 1-866-213-0548. For more information, please contact Welch’s constituent service office at 708-450-1000, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.emanuelchriswelch.com.