By Greg Halbleib
BLOOMINGTON – Illinois’ lieutenant governor is in Bloomington today to address the opioid crisis.
Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti is speaking to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority about the Governor’s Opioid Overdose Task Force she chairs. The task force is on a listening tour throughout the state gathering information from those impacted by opioid abuse, medical professionals, first responders and community groups on how best to battle the growing epidemic.
Sanguinetti said the issue is bigger than many realize.
“It’s of ginormous proportions that we cannot even comprehend still to date,” the lieutenant governor told WJBC’s Scott Laughlin. “We know our national government is very concerned. It is a huge epidemic that strikes every neighborhood, every color, every class. It doesn’t discriminate.”
Sanguinetti said the opiod crisis is not discussed much, and awareness of its impact must increase.