September is often seen as the transition between summer and fall. It brings us the last few days of sun and heat as the winter begins to take hold. Although these changes do make September rather notable, it is particularly special to me because it is National Recovery Month.

Our state, along with the rest of the nation, has been experiencing a recurring and substantial increase in opioid-related overdose deaths for quite some time. In fact, the number of these deaths nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2016. In 2020, Illinois reported over 3,500 opioid-related overdose deaths.

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