The Illinois House on Wednesday voted 105-5 to reverse Gov. Bruce Rauner's changes to a measure aimed at combating heroin and opioid abuse in the state.
The legislation, HB 1, now moves to the Senate for consideration of a veto override.
Last month, Rauner removed provisions from the bipartisan bill involving Medicaid coverage of addiction treatment and anti-overdose medications. In issuing his amendatory veto, Rauner said he supported most of the anti-heroin measure but noted that "the bill also includes provisions that will impose a very costly mandate on the state's Medicaid providers."
State Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) and state Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge) spearheaded HB 1 in their respective chambers.
In a statement after the House vote, Kotowski said: "I applaud Representative Lou Lang for his continued leadership and the Illinois House for coming together in a bipartisan fashion that will save lives and taxpayer dollars. Investing in heroin addiction prevention gives people struggling with substance abuse the opportunity to survive and become productive members of our society. We owe it to the victims, families and youth of our communities to enact these protections as soon as possible, and I look forward to voting on this proposal in the Senate next week."
As detailed in a recent press release from Kotowski, key provisions of HB 1 include:
Requiring doctors and pharmacies to document when narcotics have been prescribed
Requiring the State Board of Education to create a heroin and opioid drug prevention program for schools
Creating a statewide medication take-back program
Allowing a pharmacist to dispense lifesaving Narcan to prevent heroin overdoses