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  • Prescription Opioids and Heroin 2021 National Drug Take Back Day Events What are opioids? Opioids are a class of drugs that includes heroin, prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone (i.e., Oxycontin® , Percocet® , Vicodin®), and dangerous synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, carfentanil, and other analogues. Opioids work in the brain to reduce pain and can also produce feelings of
  • 48-Hour Hospital Overdose Reporting REQUIREMENTS Pursuant to the Illinois Hospital Licensing Act and Administrative Rule 77 IAC 250.1520 (g): When a drug overdose treatment is provided in a hospital’s Emergency Department (ED), the case shall be reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) within 48 hours after providing treatment for the drug overdose – or at such time the drug overdose is
  • Prevention & Harm Reduction Opioids are the most commonly misused type of prescription medication in the U.S. Unsafe prescribing and dispensing practices, such as combining opioids and benzodiazepines, greatly increase the risk of opioid use disorder and fatal overdose. Syringe Service Program Registry Prescription Monitoring ILPMP Prescriber Education Safe Drug Disposal Syringe Service Program Registry
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) is a drug withdrawal syndrome that occurs among opioid-exposed infants shortly after birth. NAS is associated with poor fetal growth and preterm birth, and can cause symptoms such as seizures, excessive irritability, poor feeding, and dehydration. Definition and Impact of NAS Neonatal abstinence syndrome refers to the collection of signs and
  • Treatment & Recovery Illinois also has a 24 hour helpline devoted to connecting individuals to treatment for OUD and other SUDs. If you need help for yourself, or on behalf of a loved one, call 1-833-2FINDHELP. Treatment for substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), is effective and individuals can recover.
  • Opioid Overdose Response Recognizing an Opioid Overdose When a person overdoses, breathing will slow dangerously and may stop altogether, eventually leading to brain damage or death. Signs of an opioid overdose may include the below, but not all these signs may be present during an overdose. Blue or purple fingernails and lips Unresponsive to voice or touch Pinpoint pupils (center part of eye is very
  • Opioid Overdose Reversal Agents Illinois has joined a group of other states in offering a statewide standing order with accompanying opioid overdose educational resources for naloxone to all pharmacists and opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution (OEND) programs. The statewide standing order allows pharmacists and naloxone training programs in Illinois to provide naloxone without a direct
  • State of Illinois Opioid Action Plan The United States is in the middle of the deadliest drug crisis in our history. Fueled by the growing opioid epidemic, drug overdoses have now become the leading cause of death nationwide for people under the age of 50. In Illinois, opioid overdoses have killed nearly 11,000 people since 2008. Just last year, nearly 2,000 people died of overdoses—almost twice the number of
  • Data and Reporting For more data and information on how opioids have been affecting Illinois, please visit our interactive Opioid Data Request Form Opioid overdoses in Illinois have been increasing dramatically in recent years. In 2016, there were 1,946 opioid overdose fatalities in Illinois - nearly twice the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents and more than one and a half times the number
  • Other Infectious Diseases SAMHSA FR-CARA Rural Opioid Overdose Prevention Program - Coming soon