"Our sick and injured deserve a healthcare system that guarantees they will be cared for not just because they are wealthy enough to afford it, but because they are Illinoisans and in Illinois, we take care of each other."
This problem developed over decades and it has to be solved over decades. There is no quick fix. We start by working with children. Research shows that when we increase the standards of nutrition in schools we see a corresponding improvement in behavior and academic achievement alongside the health improvements. We must grow our investment in health education so that our children can navigate an increasingly confusing world of advice.
Read Ben's ideas: "It's Time to Talk About Obesity" - December 2017
Drug addiction is exactly that. An addiction. It’s an illness, not a crime, and it should be treated as such by our legal system. Our public health departments need to have the freedom and the resources to run successful needle-exchange programs and to distribute overdose antidotes that will dampen the damage caused by this epidemic. Moving forward, we must ensure that education on the dangers of these substances is easily found and that people feel safe asking for help when they need it.