Illinois has been particularly impacted by the opioid epidemic currently happening globally. For this reason, DASA is firmly committed to addressing this issue through prevention, education, and treatment. Below you will find links to our resources and current efforts. Check back often, as we are adding additional materials and programs frequently. If you need help, call 1-833-2FINDHELP.


  1. State of Illinois Opioid Action Plan (pdf) A collaboration with Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti, state agency officials, stakeholders, and advocates has resulted in this strategic framework that outlines what Illinois needs to do to address the opioid crisis and why it needs to be done. The goal of the plan is to reduce the anticipated number of opioid-related deaths by 33 percent in three years.
  2. State Targeted Response- IDHS/DASA received $16.3 million in Federal grant funding to address the opioid crisis in Illinois . This summary describes the prevention, treatment, and recovery support programs and services we are implementing with these funds.
  3. Drug Overdose Prevention Program- For information about the life saving drug Naloxone, and how to access it.  
    1. Drug Overdose Prevention Program Forms
    2. Educational Resources- Overdose Prevention Materials
    3. Manuals
    4. Progress Reports
    5. Local Efforts
  4. Medication Assisted Treatment Overview - Learn about the current treatment that is considered best practice as well as resources for professionals and family/friends.
    1. Medicated Assisted Treatment Resources
  5. Opioid Advisory Council- An interdepartmental council to prevent and reduce opioid misuse and overdoses and gain an understanding of the existing efforts and initiatives occurring statewide to address the opioid crisis, identify gaps, promote evidence-based strategies and policies designed to combat this public health and safety crisis, and to support the development of a comprehensive strategic plan.
  6. Smart Alerts- Check here often for news about our expanding efforts to combat the opioid epidemic as well as funding opportunities for providers.
  7. Brochures and Reports 
    1. Drug Overdose Prevention Program (pdf)
    2. Recognizing and Responding to an Opioid Overdose (pdf)
      1. Reconocimient o y respuesta a una sobredosis de opiáceos (pdf)
    3. Facts you should know about opioids (pdf)
      1. Datos Que Usted Debe Saber OPIÁCEOS (pdf)
    4. Illinois Prescription Drug Epidemiological Profile (pdf)
    5. Getting the Right Help for Opioid Dependence (pdf)
      1. Como Obtener la Ayuda Correcta (pdf)
  8. Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances