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(The Javorac / Flickr)

The state of Illinois is getting a boost in its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, thanks to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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A law signed Tuesday by Gov. Bruce Rauner opens access to cannabis to a new raft of patients—anyone who would otherwise be prescribed an opioid.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says a suite of new laws will “dramatically improve” mental health and addiction treatment in Illinois as part of a larger effort to address the state’s opioid crisis.

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Rusty, an agriculture detection dog, sits next to contraband found on July 24, 2018 at an Air France cargo warehouse at O’Hare International Airport. (Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The opioid crisis in the United States is being fought on many fronts. And one is at O’Hare airport. Meet some of the best four-legged customs enforcers in the world.

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Two women allegedly stole tens of thousands of narcotic pills from a Wicker Park pharmacy over a two-year period and sold them off for profit.

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

From decreasing access to opioids, to identifying patients at risk of addiction: A look at what local hospitals are doing in the fight against opioid addiction.

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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 13, 2017.

“This crisis touches the lives of so many – almost everyone knows someone struggling with an opioid addiction,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. “I hope this podcast opens eyes and minds to how easily an opioid addiction can happen and how hard it can be to stop.”

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A wellness center’s program addresses the unique needs of pregnant women with substance use disorders. This week, the group celebrated a milestone.

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CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks to the media Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

In an investigation dubbed “Operation Full Circle,” local and federal authorities say they recovered heroin, fentanyl, marijuana and more than a dozen firearms.

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Opioid withdrawal symptoms have typically been treated with another narcotic, but a newly approved drug offers what a local doctor calls a “clean break” for patients.

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

As the U.S. grapples with opioid addiction, chronic pain patients say the medications they rely on are being reduced and they’re being treated like “junkies.” “We’re not drug addicts,” says a patient with excruciating neuropathic pain.

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The American Dental Association announces a new policy on opioid prescriptions and education for dentists who prescribe the painkillers and other controlled substances.

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“The scourge of drug addiction in America will stop,” President Donald Trump said March 19, 2018.

Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan discusses his agency’s role in combating the opioid crisis.   

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Overcoming heroin addiction is a Herculean task. How a local program is helping former addicts recover with medication.

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NARCAN® Nasal Spray (Courtesy of Adapt Pharma)

Officials battling the state’s opioid epidemic got a boost this week with the donation of a medicine that reverses the effects of opioid overdoses. In 2016, nearly 1,950 people died of opioid overdoses in Illinois.

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As part of the city’s fight against opioids, Chicago Police officers will be equipped with naloxone. “Ensuring public safety goes beyond focusing solely on violent crime,” said Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

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