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Congressman Kinzinger Fights the Opioid Epidemic in IL-16

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OTTAWA, IL, August 10, 2018 | Maura Gillespie ((202) 225-3635) | comments
Kicking off the August District Work Period, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has made the opioid epidemic a major focus in his visits across the 16th Congressional District.
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OTTAWA, IL – Kicking off the August District Work Period, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has made the opioid epidemic a major focus in his visits across the 16th Congressional District. The Illinois Department of Public Health recently shared data that put Putnam, LaSalle, and Winnebago Counties in the top 10 worst for deadly opioid overdoses in 2017.

Over the last two weeks, Congressman Kinzinger has brought the fight against this drug crisis right to his constituents by raising awareness and hosting solution-driven forums with local leaders, advocacy groups, law enforcement, those in recovery, and members of the community. 

On Tuesday, July 31st, Congressman Kinzinger hosted an ‘Opioid Awareness Community Forum’ at the Northern Illinois University Conference Center. Moderated by WREX 13’s Kristin Crowley, the panel at this forum included Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana, Dr. Tom Wright (Chief Medical Officer at Rosecrance), Doug O’Brien (Region 5 Director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), Bobby Gattone (Caseworker and Grant Writer at New Directions Sober Living), and Dr. John Pakiela (Associate EMS Medical Director for Mercyhealth). 

This open forum, and the Will County Opioid Roundtable held on Thursday, August 2nd, focused on the opioid crisis within the community and what the local community has done, and can continue to do, to drive down the numbers of opioid related deaths, and further prevent addiction. 

In addition, Congressman Kinzinger discussed these issues with local leaders in Bureau, Winnebago and Grundy Counties, healthcare professionals at Genoa, CVS Pharmacy, OSF St. James, and first responders at Livingston County 911, Lee County Law Enforcement, Local 150.

Top Left: Rep. Kinzinger with Adam Dontz (CEO of GLCEDC) and Brad Solberg (President of OSF St. James) after a Healthcare Roundtable in Pontiac. Top Right: Rep. Kinzinger visits CVS Pharmacy in Peru where they’ve added a drug drop-off kiosk for the safe disposal of drugs. Bottom Photo: Rep. Kinzinger takes a tour of Genoa Pharmacy and the Rosecrance Ware Center in Rockford.

These visits also gave Congressman Kinzinger an opportunity to share what Congress has done so far legislatively, including the largest investment to date in combating the opioid crisis with an allocation of $4 billion to help address prevention, treatment, and enforcement issues.

As a Member on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Congressman Kinzinger has been a leader in addressing the opioid crisis that has plagued communities across the United States, including his hometown and many others across Illinois.


WREX 13 – Opioid town hall addresses solutions for epidemic in stateline

E&C: Kinzinger Holds Opioid Forum to Raise Awareness and Identify Resources to Aid Response

Rockford Register Star – Opioid roundtable seeks to raise awareness

WIFR 23 – Rep. Adam Kinzinger hosts opioid forum

The Herald-News – Braidwood panel, Kinzinger discuss good and bad years of opioid crisis

VIDEO: Snapshot – Congressman Kinzinger Fighting to End Opioid Abuse

Reps. Kinzinger and Clarke Introduce Opioid Action Legislation

OP-ED: Rockford Register Star – “The time is now to act on opioid crisis” (October 2017) 

For more on how Congress is working hard to combat the #opioidcrisis, visit

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