Governor's opioid task force begins statewide listening tour - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

IL Governor's opioid task force begins statewide listening tour

(Source: Office of Governor Bruce Rauner) (Source: Office of Governor Bruce Rauner)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KFVS/AP) - Members of Gov. Bruce Rauner's new Opioid Prevention and Intervention Task Force are touring Illinois to gather information about the opioid epidemic in the hopes of bringing down the number of overdose deaths.

According to the Jefferson County Health Department, the tour will stop there on Friday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Officials will discuss the newly released opioid plan and receive feedback from the public.

Task force co-chair Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti says in a news release that the group is visiting communities to talk to health care providers, people who are suffering from opioid use disorder and others.

The goal of the task force is to find ways to implement the state's Opioid Action Plan to reduce the number of opioid deaths in Illinois. Like other states, Illinois has seen a dramatic rise in the number of opioid deaths. The release says almost 1,900 people in Illinois died as a result of opioid overdoses last year.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2017 KFVS. All rights reserved. The Associated Press also contributed to this story.

Powered by Frankly