Opioid task force visits Dixon

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DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) - Dixon residents share their personal connections to opioid addiction and abuse with Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. Sanguinetti is touring Illinois to discuss the Illinois Opioid Action Plan and hear how communities across the state are dealing with the drug crisis.

A recovering drug addict and the parent of a former addict were among those discussing the positive impact of inpatient programs like Dixon's Safe Passage initiative. Since 2015, more than 200 people have used the program and the city is seeing a difference.

"In our community we saw, it's the first full year and only year our program's been in operation, 39% decrease in arrests for a misdemeanor in felony drug crimes. The only thing that's different today than was then is the safe passage initiative," says Dixon city manager Danny Langloss.

This was Sanguinetti's fifth stop on the tour. She introduced the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force at Rosecrance in Rockford back in September.