Rep. Willis Introduces Measure to Increase Education about Fentanyl

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – State Rep. Kathleen Willis, D-Addison, has introduced legislation that encourages first responders and public health officials to learn about the dangers surrounding the drug Fentanyl.

“Fentanyl is a highly-dangerous drug that is decimating families and ruining communities,” said Willis. “We need to make sure we know as much about this drug as there is to know if we are to put in proper procedures to protect our young people.”

Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of death nationwide for people under the age of 50. Fentanyl is a drug that can be 100 times more powerful than morphine and is quickly becoming popular among opioid abusers. Fentanyl is highly potent and can even be transferred through the skin. Because of the high toxicity of the drug, and the dangers of even small exposure, Willis introduced a measure urging first responders and public health officials with developing guidelines for handling the drug to avoid accidental injection of the powerful substance.

“It is not only important for officials to know the dangers of Fentanyl exposure, but also how to protect themselves from the drug,” said Willis. “This measure is just another important piece of the puzzle for addressing Illinois’ opioid epidemic.”

Willis is serving her third term in the Illinois General Assembly as State Representative of the 77th District, which includes O’Hare Airport and portions of Addison, Bellwood, Bensenville, Franklin Park, Maywood, Melrose Park, Northlake, Stone Park, and Wood Dale.