76th District State Rep. Lance Yednock introduced legislation dealing with the reporting of opioid-related deaths.

The Ottawa Democrat’s measure, HB 3459, would require coroners in the state to report any death where an opioid is a contributing factor to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Data collected would include demographics of the person, such as age, gender and race, and county of residence, Yednock said.

A report of the information would be generated and distributed to the Illinois General Assembly and various leaders in the community.

In a statement, Yednock said the legislature continues to look at common sense ways to help stop the opioid crisis, and to do that lawmakers need to have the most up-to-date information.

The legislation was assigned to the Human Services Committee earlier this month.

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March 18, 2019 at 03:27PM