Volume X, Issue IX - January 2017

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


Effective January 1, 2017, all substance use treatment programs licensed by the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) must provide educational information to clients identified as having or seeking treatment for opioid use disorder, including the use of a medication for the use of opioid use disorder, recognition of and response to opioid overdose, and the use and administration of naloxone (PA 99-0553).

Please see the following links to educational materials to assist you in providing information to patients with opioid use disorders:

The Your Doctor Understands Your Addiction series advocates that patients talk with their treatment or other healthcare provider about using medication to assist with recovery, and gives a brief overview of available medications. Download and print the brochure at http://www.attcnetwork.org/explore/priorityareas/wfd/mat/documents/mat.brochure.pdf.

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction: Facts for Families and Friends provides a good overview of about medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorders including information about available opioid medications and how medications fit with counseling in the recovery process. It can be downloaded to print, or printed copies may be ordered at http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Medication-Assisted-Treatment-for-Opioid-Addiction-Facts-for-Families-and-Friends/SMA15-4443.

Opioid Safety and How to use Naloxone is a flyer aimed at patients and caregivers regarding the recognition of opioids overdose and the use and administration of naloxone:http://www.getnaloxonenow.org/INFO-ON-HOW-TO-ADMINISTER-NALOXONE.pdf

Further information for providers about the state's Drug Overdose Prevention Program, including training and registration for Naloxone reversal reporting, is available at https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=58142.

Programs in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Madison, St. Clair, and Will Counties can contact the following programs for Naloxone training and distribution:

Chicago Recovery Alliance (Cook County)

DuPage County Health Department

Lake County Health Department

Will County Health Department