SBIRT Initiative We Ask Everyone About Opioid Prescriptions - IDHS 4552

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

We Ask Everyone About Opioid Prescriptions

The Illinois SBIRT Initiative Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment

Did You Know?

Mixing prescriptions with alcohol or over-the-counter drugs can be dangerous!

  • It can cause a drop in heart rate and breathing
  • Risk of overdose and death increases

What to expect when cutting back or quitting opioid prescriptions:

  • Change takes time.
  • You may have some withdrawal symptoms.
  • You will need support.

You don't have to do this alone:

  • Contact your doctor if you are thinking about making a change.
  • Together you will set up a plan for a safe way to make a change.

How can I learn more?

Visit this helpful website:

Opioid Prescriptions

Opioids are a narcotic drug. These medications relieve:

  • Pain
  • Cough
  • Insomnia

Opioid Overdose Can Be Fatal!

Common Opioid Prescriptions

  • OxyContin®
  • Vicodin®
  • Opana®
  • Lomotil®
  • Morphine
  • Methadone
  • Fentanyl

Common Over-the-Counter Opioids

  • RobitussinAC®
  • RobitussinDAC®
  • Triaminic Expectorant with Codeine®

Don't Borrow or Share!

  • Using a medicine that is not yours could cause health problems.
  • A lot of pills look the same but are many different types of medicines.
  • Not all pain killers have the same amount of medicine in each pill.

Questions to Consider

  • Am I using the medicine the way the doctor prescribed.
  • Am I running out of pills before my prescription can be refilled?
  • Am I sharing pills with anyone?

Effects of Opioid Prescriptions


  • Mental confusion
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Alters perception of pain
  • Loss of consciousness


  • Difficulty breathing


  • Constipation


  • Weakness


  • Swelling
  • Redness


  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Cramps
  • Bloating


  • Trouble with urination

Symptoms of an opioid overdose:

  • Mental confusion
  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Slowed breathing
  • Cold clammy skin
  • Convulsions or seizures
Something to try:

Community Resources:

Behavioral Specialist:

Name ________________________________

Contact ______________________________

Name ________________________________Contact ______________________________

Useful Websites/Literature:

Thanks to the Indiana Prevention Resource Center for sharing their original brochure with us. This publication was made possible by Grant Number TI23455 from the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment to the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

Programs, activities and employment opportunities in the Illinois Department of Human Services are open and accessible to any individual or group without regard to age, sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic origin or religion. The department is an equal opportunity employer and practices affirmative action and reasonable accommodation programs.

DHS 4552 (N-08-15) SBIRT Opioid RX Printed by the Authority of the State of Illinois. PO #15-2103 650 copies