Lawmakers to Introduce Heroin Prevention Bills

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois House Republicans and DuPage County officials say new laws are needed to help prevent heroin-related deaths.

The Arlington Heights Daily reports that the bills will be introduced next month.

The proposals come after DuPage County reported a record 46 heroin-related deaths in 2013.

The package of bills includes proposals to turn a former Wheaton youth home into a treatment facility and new reporting practices for coroners and medical examiners.

It also It would also extend statutes allowing prosecutors to prosecute top gang leaders and to use any seized assets to fund substance-abuse treatment centers.

Another bill would require patients to report pain killers they've used in a certain time period.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs says the county is in the "ground zero" for heroin abuse.

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