In a move to address the devastating impact of the opioid crisis on children and families across Illinois, State Senator Doris Turner successfully passed a groundbreaking measure through the Senate on Thursday. The resolution, known as Senate Resolution 36, acknowledges the far-reaching consequences of the crisis and emphasizes the urgent need for comprehensive support programs.
With thousands of lives lost to the opioid crisis in Illinois alone, Senator Turner emphasized the necessity of shedding light on the profound impact it has had on children and families. "It's time we prioritize support programs that can bring real, valuable solutions to these problems," she asserted.
Senate Resolution 36 specifically recognizes the detrimental effects of the opioid crisis on Illinois' children and families. Moreover, it reaffirms the unwavering support of the General Assembly for home-visiting and early intervention programs, highlighting their critical role in the state's multifaceted approach to combating the crisis.
Senator Turner is calling on the General Assembly to allocate settlement funds from lawsuits against opioid manufacturers to bolster early intervention and home-visiting programs. By investing in and expanding these initiatives, the resolution aims to address the complex challenges faced by affected families head-on.
In a remarkable display of bipartisan support, Senate Resolution 36 passed the Senate, underlining the collective commitment of lawmakers to tackle this pressing issue. By recognizing the urgent need for comprehensive support programs and advocating for the allocation of resources, Illinois is taking a significant step towards mitigating the impact of the opioid crisis on its most vulnerable citizens.