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Anti-heroin activists support vote to override governor veto on heroin measure

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOV.com) - A vote is scheduled in Springfield Wednesday to try an override a veto by Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

The governor struck down a measure aimed at curbing heroin use. If passed, Medicaid would be required to pay for medication and treatment for heroin addiction. Governor Rauner cited cost concerns.

Anti-heroin activists said vetoing the proposal could cost lives.

"Without Medicaid reimbursement for some of these things, people can't afford to go to treatment or carry around narcan so their loved ones don't die,” said anti-heroin advocate Chad Sabora. “I mean these are basic human rights issues."

The measure also emphasizes the importance of emergency responders carrying narcan, an overdose antidote.

Activists will be in Springfield Wednesday to support the measure.

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