Opioid overdoses in Illinois killed nearly twice as many people as car crashes last year, but public health officials and addiction specialists say most people either don't know or don't care.
Illinois Department of Public Health Director Nirav Shah said that families of addicts and law enforcement are starting to wake up to the crisis. But they say there are still too many people in Illinois who think drug addictions is only the users' problem.
"Fully 80 percent of individuals who find themselves dealing with a heroin addiction got their start on a legitimate prescription from a doctor," Shah said. "So we have to think about the stigma attached to this crisis. And we have to wonder if that's part of the reason why, up until very recently, people wanted to sweep it under the rug."
The vehicle was reported to have left the area south bound on Friendsville Ave. towards Mt. Carmel. The vehicle was located by the deputy on N 1550 Blvd. and Friendsville Ave. and a traffic stop was conducted.
The traffic stop resulted in the arrest of 18 year old Zachary R. Morrell of Mt. Carmel and a juvenile with two weapons being recovered along with ammunition.
Morrell was charged with Harassment of wildlife and unlawful use of weapons. The juvenile was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and harassment of wildlife.
**The Sheriff's Office did not locate any injured wildlife at the time of the incident.