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CHICAGO -- Health statistics show in the Chicago area, heroin claims one life every three days.

Now, Congressman Robert Dold is introducing a bill that – if passed - could help save some of those lives by increasing access to a life-saving antidote.

The Congressman was joined by a suburban family pushing for the law after their son died from a heroin overdose.

Alex Laliberte died seven years ago from a heroin overdose.

The Stevenson High School graduate could have been saved if he had access to naloxone, a heroin antidote that can kickstart the breathing process, for people who have overdosed.

His family founded a substance abuse organization called “Live For Lali.”

Now, a bipartisan bill named after Laliberte is trying to increase access to the life-saving antidote.

“Lali’s law will help states increase access to naloxone. That is absolutely vital if we want to save lives. The primary purpose of the bill is to help fund state programs that allow pharmacist to distribute naloxone without a prescription," said U.S. Rep. Robert Dold.

Lake County authorities say 56 lives have been saved since they began equipping first responders with the antidote.