The summit included a memorial featuring photos of dozens of people who have died of a drug overdose. In 2018, more than 2,000 people in Illinois lost their lives to an overdose.
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Opioid overdoses cut short more than 2,000 lives in the state of Illinois in 2018. But Will County officials and Governor J.B. Pritzker are pledging to fight the epidemic with resources, education, and funding. On May 3, the village of Romeoville hosted a summit on the opioid epidemic in Illinois, alongside the Heroin Epidemic Relief Organization (HERO), Heroin Education Leads to Preventative Solutions (Will County HELPS) and the Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues. Pritzker spoke at the summit, promising the full weight of his office behind the fight against opioid use and abuse both countywide and statewide. “We need more mental health providers and psychiatric services and more primary care physicians and nursing professionals and more recovery programs,” Pritzker said. “That’s true not just here in Will County, but across the state of Illinois. But I want you all to know that I recognize the critical work that you’re doing despite those challenges to provide the best care possible.”