State Sen. Rachelle Crowe, D-Glen Carbon, will lead a new special Senate committee investigating how to fight the state’s opioid crisis.
“I plan to use my background with the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office to recommend real solutions on treatment and recovery for those suffering from this illness as well as our response as a state to overdoses,” Crowe said. “As chair of the committee, I’m looking forward to directly working in a bipartisan manner to address this crisis.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in Illinois in 2017, there were 2,202 drug overdose deaths involving opioids. That’s a rate of 17.2 deaths per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 people.
Crowe was named chair of the new Opioid Crisis Abatement special committee on Friday by Senate President John J. Cullerton.