Bradley speaks out on opioid abuse - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

Bradley speaks out on opioid abuse

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WSIL – Democratic State Rep. John Bradley of Marion is a sponsor of a House bill to fight opioid abuse. Officials held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the measure and Bradley spoke out on Friday.

The legislation wants insurance companies to cover the cost of uncrushable pills. The idea is that many who abuse the prescription pills, snort them for a quick high, but if they cannot be crushed, they cannot be snorted.

“Well, it's a continuing effort by those of us in the legislature to protect our communities from the ravages of all kinds of illegal drug use, including the abuse of prescription drugs as this will be an opportunity to limit the ability of addicts to improperly use a prescription medication,” Bradley said.

It is estimated that the state of Illinois pays $887 million for incidents related to opioid abuse each year.

The bill has been in the House Rules Committee since May 2015.

The legislation is House Bill 2743.

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