ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Between 2013 and 2016, Illinois saw a 76 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths. State's attorney's, sheriffs and police chiefs from across the state will meet in Springfield Wednesday to push for funding for programs to keep kids away from opioids.
Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato will represent the stateline as part of the group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids.
The law enforcement leaders will meet with lawmakers in the state's capital as well as release a report on the importance of community programs in addiction prevention.
Bruscato says working with kids from the moment they are born can keep many away from drugs.
"Dealing with the opioid crisis is a multi-faceted multi-pronged approach and this is important. We have to get to folks early on. Young inexperienced parents, young folks all the way back to the womb if you will," said Bruscato.