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New law tightens consequences for sale of heroin and flavored wrapping paper

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Governor Quinn signed a new law, putting big penalties on the sale of heroin, as well as banning flavored blunt wrappers.

The law makes it so that those who sell as little as three grams will be immediately sent to prison. The number used to be five grams, but Quinn says with recent issues, any overdose is too much.

"One overdoes victim is one too many in Illinois," Governor Quinn said. "These products are a public health menace and this new law will help keep people away from illegal substance abuse."

Studies have shown a big increase in heroin overdoses in Illinois. This is based off of hospital admissions, statistics from treatment centers and police records.

"This is a scourge afflicting communities across the state of Illinois," Sen. Raoul said. "I am please that we are giving law enforcement two additional tools to combat drug use."

Another part of the law bans any selling of non-menthol flavored wrapping paper, mainly used to roll blunts. There have been many flavors including chocolate chip and banana, mainly targeting young buyers. The new laws go into effect immediately.

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