(CBS) — Republican lawmakers are pushing a package of bills designed to combat the heroin epidemic in the western suburbs.
WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.READ MORE: 8-Year-Old Boy Shot, Killed While Playing On Front Porch In Markham
House Republican Leader Jim Durkin calls DuPage “ground zero” for heroin use.
“Too many lives are being lost to heroin, specifically in DuPage County,” he says. “Each year in Illinois, the pain that families suffer is unbearable.”READ MORE: Death Investigation Underway After Man Found Unresponsive On CTA Red Line Platform In Old Town
State Rep. Dennis Reboletti, R-Elmhurst, and others are sponsoring measures that would broaden the seizure of assets from drug dealers.
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Confiscated assets would be “reinvested” into law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and anti-drug education efforts.