About the Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP)
Naloxone is a safe and effective opioid overdose reversal medication that saves lives. The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) aims to reduce the number of opioid overdoses through the expansion of community-based Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution (OEND) services. IDHS/SUPR manages the Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP), as legislated in the Substance Use Disorder Act, which allows organizations to order free Narcan (a form of naloxone) through our Access Narcan program to distribute within their communities. These programs are essential to ending the overdose crisis in Illinois by making sure that anybody who may witness an opioid overdose is equipped with naloxone and the knowledge they need to save a life.
All organizations (except pharmacies) that use the Illinois Department of Public Health Naloxone Standing Order must enroll in DOPP. IDHS/SUPR encourages all other organizations to enroll even if they conduct OEND services under their own standing order.
What if I'm looking for naloxone or fentanyl/xylazine testing strips without enrolling in DOPP?
If you are seeking no-cost naloxone for your first-aid kits or fentanyl/xylazine testing strips, there are funded OEND service organizations responsible for all counties who can provide these resources. OENDs can also provide larger quantities if the interested organization decides that they do not want to enroll in DOPP.
Who can register to be part of DOPP?
The following are examples of organizations that are eligible to enroll in DOPP:
|SUPR-licensed substance use treatment programs
|Not-for-profit community-based organizations
|Urgent care facilities
|Local public health departments
|Hospitals and Clinics
|Federally Qualified Health Centers
|Other municipalities, Libraries
|Licensed prescribing practitioners
|Harm Reduction agencies
* Individuals, please click here.
How do I register my organization with DOPP?
Follow these steps:
- Click the ACCESS NARCAN link below that applies to your organization (Hospitals & Clinics, OR Community Organizations).
- Complete the SurveyMonkey form.
- Within about a week of completing the form, you should receive emailed instructions on how to set up your Access Narcan account for your organization (If you don't receive this email, please contact DHS.DOPP.Coordinator@Illinois.gov). This Access Narcan account is where you will order Narcan for distribution.
What is expected of me once I enroll in DOPP?
DOPP enrollees are responsible for the following:
- Completing the 2023 DOPP Training Webinar. When you have finished the webinar, complete this short quiz to receive your training certification.
- Providing overdose education and naloxone distribution services.
- Maintaining a supply of naloxone.
- Reporting (at least monthly) on the number of Narcan kits distributed, to whom they were distributed, and overdose reversals due to your Narcan distribution through our reporting portal Illinois Saves Overdose. We will send reporting instructions to you once you have enrolled in DOPP.
The purpose of this project is to encourage distribution of naloxone to people who use drugs, their friends and families, and the community members, but distribution can be limited to an organization's patients/clients/participants.
SUPR uses this data to report to our funder, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). By consistently reporting this data, you are contributing to our efforts to meet goals, target areas in need, and ultimately help save lives.
DOPP and Naloxone Informational Materials
Additional SUPR DOPP Training Resources
Naloxone and Overdose Education
Family and Friends Support
It is recommended that you carry naloxone if you or a loved one are prescribed and/or use opioids. Illinois Public Act 099-0480 became effective September 9, 2015 as an enhancement to Illinois Public Act 096-0361, enabling nonmedical personnel to administer naloxone without liability. Anyone in Illinois can get trained to carry and administer naloxone. Most insurance will cover some or all of the cost of generic naloxone and/or Narcan brand naloxone nasal spray.
Illinois' Good Samaritan Law (PA-096-0361) took effect in 2010, making it legal in Illinois for non-medical persons to administer the drug overdose reversal medication Naloxone to another individual in order to prevent an opioid/heroin overdose from becoming fatal.
Due to the Statewide Naloxone Standing Order in Illinois, Naloxone is available at pharmacies and DOPPs. Contact the Illinois Helpline by chatting through their website, calling 1-833-234-6343, or texting "HELP" to 833234 to find a DOPP near you.