Heroin use has surged in Illinois, especially in the collar counties around Chicago. Now, state officials are considering whether new laws are needed to stop the spread of heroin and treat addiction more effectively. The state heroin task force met in Springfield to hear testimony from experts on addiction. Dr. Daniel Angres, a psychiatrist with Illinois-based Presence Health, says heroin use has become more prolific because the stigma has faded:
"Where it used to be in the shadows and was primarily injected, now it's kind of chic. This is one of our most dangerous problems is the peer pressure and perception."
Angres says the trend toward SNORTING heroin has made using the drug more convenient. But another specialist on the taske force says she's encouraged police are starting to look at and understand the biological roots of addiction. She says lawmakers should educate themselves on addiction treatment and recovery.
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