The report shows that Illinois is one of the leading states for fentanyl-related deaths in the last year, and the number of families who lost loved ones in the Land of Lincoln is staggering... What can be done about this crisis in Illinois?

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According to an article from Advantage News, the state of Illinois ranked as the 6th highest state for fentanyl deaths in the last year. In the article, they say...

"The organization Families Against Fentanyl analyzed data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and found that Illinois is ranked sixth in the country for the most fentanyl deaths from April 2022 through April of this year. Spokesperson Moira Muntz said nearly 3,000 Illinois families lost loved ones to fentanyl poisonings...The CDC estimates that more than 111,000 Americans died from a drug overdose in the 12-month period ending in April, and more than 77,000 of those deaths involved fentanyl and other synthetic opioids. "

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The article does go on to mention how there is a group putting pressure on President Biden to create a task force that would solely work on the country's fentanyl crisis. But is that enough? I really struggle to figure out why the Governor of Illinois and the state leadership are not making this a bigger priority. You are talking about 3,000 families in Illinois in one year who lost a loved one to fentanyl, and the numbers are increasing not declining. What should the state of Illinois do about the fentanyl crisis?

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