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Emanuel introduces anti-heroin plan to combat spike in overdose deaths

Oct 06, 2016

This article originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to boost spending to combat opioid and heroin abuse — and license pharmaceutical representatives to prevent the over-prescription of opioids.

A $700,000 investment in drug-treatment programs — a 50 percent increase over current funding — will be directed first to “opioid treatment deserts,” which have a disproportionate level of addiction and are largely concentrated on the West Side.

That’s where gang members have been pushing the deadly combination of fentanyl and heroin that’s been blamed for a spike in deaths this year.

The mayor plans to spend $250,000 to increase…

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