opioidsCHICAGO – Illinois Governor JB Pritzker today signed Executive Order 2020-02 to better address racial disparities in responding to the opioid crisis by establishing the Governor’s Opioid Overdose Prevention and Recovery Steering Committee. It was also announced that Illinois is also dedicating $4.1 million state dollars to expand recovery and prevention services for individuals with opioid use disorder in all corners of the state. State Senator Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) issued the following statement regarding the order:

“I commend Governor Pritzker for his efforts to curb racial disparities in the state’s response to the opioid crisis. This executive order will help ensure fair distribution of preventative resources and remove barriers to addiction treatment for Illinois families in disproportionately impacted communities. Every Illinoisan hurt by this epidemic, regardless of zip code, deserves a full shot at recovery.”

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