Volume XI, Issue IX - September 2017

From: Maria Bruni, Acting Director
Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse


A goal of the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP) is to impact the opioid epidemic by reducing the number of opioid overdoses. One strategy is to train first responders, bystanders, family and friends of people who are at risk of overdose by expanding of the use of naloxone. Naloxone is the lifesaving medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. Patients with substance use disorders are at increased risk for opioid overdose. Therefore, providers are encouraged to access overdose prevention training, have naloxone on hand, educate patients about its use and assist patients with obtaining naloxone. Through the Illinois Prescription and Drug Overdose (PDO) and Opioid State Targeted Response (Opioid STR) grants, IDHS/DASA is funding several county health departments and other community agencies to provide training and distribution of naloxone. The directory of PDO/STR providers is at the end of the DOPP Program Summary: http://www.dhs.state.il.us/OneNetLibrary/27896/documents/DOPPProgramSummary.pdf.

The Illinois Department of Public Health Chief Medical Officer issued a statewide Naloxone Standing Order on September 7, 2017. The statewide standing order will increase access by allowing providers without access to a prescribing physician to distribute naloxone to their patients, as long as organizations meet the criteria of enrolled and approved DOPP programs. IDPH has provided more information and access to the standing order at http://dph.illinois.gov/naloxone.

The DOPP has enrolled 70 programs who have trained 862 sites as of September 15, 2017. In State Fiscal Year 2018 alone, DOPP programs and sites have trained 4,663 individuals to administer naloxone. DASA updates progress on this goal each week at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=97136. IDHS/DASA has developed guidelines to inform programs about how to become enrolled as a Drug Overdose Prevention Program. For more information and to enroll and register with the Illinois Drug Overdose Prevention Program, please visit http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=58142.

Other opioid-related resources can be found on DASA's website at http://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=93882. Please contact Rosie Gianforte at DHS.DOPP.Coordinator@illinois.gov with questions or for assistance with enrolling in the DOPP.