Illinois (WIBQ) – The state of Illinois is receiving over $16 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help fight a prescription drug addiction crisis.
The money will go toward prevention, treatment and recovery services.
In Illinois more than 1,835 died in 2015 of opioid overdoses.
That’s a 16 percent increase over 2013.
Nationwide, more than 33,000 overdose deaths were reported in 2015.