Friday, April 16, 2010

Illinois Ups The Ante on Inhalant Abuse

From The Pantagraph (April 14):

On Wednesday, Illinois legislatures unanimously supported a modified ban on inhalant use. If ratified by the state Senate, the bill will stiffen penalties against repeat offenders with second-timers facing up to one year in prison.

The bill now garners government attention but started as a local effort. Illinois law enforcement campaigned for the legislation, House Bill 3869, after charging and arresting the same people for misusing the household products.

Still, state representatives also see value in strengthening substance abuse penalties:

"It's terribly destructive," said one senator. "People get into them [inhalants] thinking they'll feel better about life but they are really destroying life."

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