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Illinois Lawmaker Proposes Treating Violence as Disease

Would treating violence as a disease help to end it? 


Democratic State Rep. La Shawn Ford says that there is always plenty of talk about ending violence but not enough time spent talking about why it happens in the first place. 

Ford says maybe a clinical approach would help.



Ford wants violence in Illinois to be looked at like treating diabetes or any other public health matter. Ford wants more attention focused on mental health issues, substance abuse and a lack of education as ways to lessen violence in the state.

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