Springfield, Ill. (KMOX) – A group of Republicans in the Illinois House are looking to attack the issue of heroin abuse from multiple angles.
Their legislative package would include starting statewide anti-heroin education programs, in addition to allowing police to seize more assets from drug dealers.
House minority leader Jim Durkin is one of the supporters.
“There’s no more greater mission that we have in Springfield as State Representatives as to try to save lives and protect families from this epidemic which has grown throughout the state of Illinois,” says Durkin.
But how would the effort be funded?
Durkin says that’s where the increase in seized assets comes into play, along with a proposed hike in the state’s medical marijuana tax.
State representative Dennis Reboletti believes in the balanced approach between stricter penalties and better rehabilitation efforts.
“And instead of putting people into prison, we’re offering some alternatives here and recognizing that it’s addiction and that is not necessarily criminal activity and that if we can beat the addiction portion, that the recidivism rates are going to go down,” says Reboletti.