Lieutenant Governor highlights Rockford opioid treatment program

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- While opioid overdose continues to be a problem in the stateline, a local treatment program celebrates its success in helping those suffering from an addiction recover.

Syringe and Opioid Medications, Photo Date: 7/14/2017 / Photo: USDA / (MGN)

Rosecrance launched a treatment program last year, working with inmates suffering from an opioid addiction. The program gives medicated, assisted treatment to those inmates, and continues that treatment after they are released.

Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti and other state leaders met to discuss the program and its impact on the opioid epidemic.

"I'm here today to say 'Help is here', not 'Help is on the way", said Sanguinetti. "It's actually having really a better effect for the people".

The program is part of Illinois' opioid action plan. The goal of the plan is to reduce opioid overdose-related deaths by one third within three years.