The Southwest Coalition for Substance Abuse Issues

Cook County Releases Heroin Report

Announced on October 18, 2016 6:40 pm

In light of the growing heroin epidemic nationwide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Alderman Ed Burke, and Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin launched the Chicago-Cook Task Force on Heroin. The task force has aimed to identify reforms that can be undertaken at a local level to improve prevention and response to heroin use and addiction. The task force has examined the issue from several angles: (1) education of community members, (2) education of healthcare professionals, (3) data, (4) treatment, (5) trafficking, and (6) overdose reversal. After months of research and deliberation, the task force proposes recommendations in each area to enhance heroin policies and programs in Chicago and Cook County.  The recommendations are included in the Chicago-Cook Task Force on Heroin Final Report below:

Heroin Task Force Report