Willis Advocates for Continued Federal Funding for Drug Prevention Programs

05/19/2017

NORTHLAKE, Ill. – As deadly drug overdoses continue to rise in the Western suburbs and across Illinois, state Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, is urging President Trump to continue funding the federal programs that have been vital in helping local law enforcement address this epidemic.

“It’s heartbreaking that so many people – from teenagers to mothers and fathers – lose their lives every day due to drug overdoses. Last year in DuPage County, the number of heroin related deaths more than doubled,” Willis said. “Drug trafficking prevention programs work to put a stop to these terrible addictions before they can even begin by keeping drugs out of our communities and providing the support that people at risk of drug abuse need to stay safe.”

Donald Trump’s proposed budget seeks to cut 95% of the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s federal funding for the 2018 fiscal year. The Trump Administration’s budget proposal includes zero dollars for the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, which coordinates local, state and national efforts to stop the sales of narcotics. The Drug-Free Communities Support Program, which provides community-based youth substance abuse resources, would receive no federal funding. Willis is a sponsor of House Resolution 384, a measure encouraging President Trump to reconsider funding these vital programs.

“Over 2,300 people lost their lives in Illinois last year as a result of drug use. Without funding for the vital programs that train law enforcement to stop drug trafficking operations, provide substance abuse resources and conduct programming to help young people stay away from deadly narcotics, this crisis is only going to become more tragic,” Willis said. “I urge Donald Trump to stick to his promise to fight the opioid epidemic and fund programs that have been proven to save lives.”

For more information, please contact Willis’ full-time constituent service office at (708) 562-6970 or email RepWillis77@gmail.com.