Illinois Receives Grant To Fight Prescription Drug Abuse


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.