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Fentanyl Victim Families Co-Sponsor New Illinois Law

Through Dec. 8, 2023, 1,478 opioid deaths were recorded in Cook County, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.”

SPRINGFIELD – At the start of the 2024-2025 school year, every state-required health course will provide mandatory fentanyl education to high school students, thanks to a new law supported by State Senator Laura Ellman that took effect Jan. 1.

“In order to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic on all fronts, we need to educate our most vulnerable populations, which includes young people,” said Ellman (D-Naperville). “The age of fentanyl exposure is younger than we think, and I am pleased this law implements such indispensable education for students.”

New Illinois Law Requires Fentanyl Education

All school districts in Illinois will be required to teach about fentanyl in health class – beginning in the 2024-2025 school year. Curriculum will need to cover the legal and illegal uses of fentanyl, as well as details about how often and why some drugs are laced with fentanyl.

Students will also have to learn about how often, and why, some drugs are laced with fentanyl. Further, students will have to learn how to spot and prevent an overdose.

House Bill 3924 went in effect Jan 1 2024.

Learn more from the National Institute of Drug Abuse

Source: CBS News