Drug Overdose Prevention Program - DHS 4558

State of Illinois
Department of Human Services

Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

Drug Overdose Prevention Program

It's Simple.  Naloxone saves  Lives.

Response to the Opioid Crisis

Reduce Opioid Deaths

What is the DOPP?

Legislation passed (HB1) in 2015 enabling non-medical persons to administer Naloxone to persons experiencing an opioid overdose. The law permits trained personnel to obtain, possess, and administer naloxone to any person who appears to be suffering an opioid-related overdose. In addition, these personnel

are protected from civil liability for administering naloxone.

As a response to HB1, now PA 099-0480,

and to meet the needs of increased accessibility, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) established the Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP).

DOPP develops guidelines and registers individual agencies and municipalities to administer naloxone and keeps track of naloxone reversals of trained first responders, bystanders, family and friends who have administered naloxone and have saved lives.

Who Can Register?

  • DASA Treatment Programs
  • Licensed prescribing practitioners
  • For and not- for profit community-based organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Local health departments
  • Urgent care facilities
  • Faith-based organizations

How do I register?

Call 312-814-3840 or Visit: http://intranet.dhs.illinois.gov/oneweb/

page.aspx?item=58142 and complete enrollment package form IL444-2051.

Email: DHS.DOPP.coordinator@illinois.gov for guidelines to implement your program.

Benefits of Registering

  • Be part of the effort to reduce opioid deaths in Illinois.
  • Gain access to innovative training.
  • Stay informed about the most

current legislation.

* Inform your community about naloxone and help save lives!

Drug Poisoning Deaths between 2013-2015:

  • 3,614 were due to opioids
  • 2,113 were due to heroin
  • 1,344 were due to prescription opioids

*IDPH 2017

What is Required?

The Program Director is responsible for:

  • Identifying a health professional to oversee clinical aspects.
  • Establishing a training program. DHS/DASA has training materials

to assist.

  • Maintaining accurate records, inventory, forms, and training reports.
  • Following instructions provided

post registration.

What is Naloxone?

Naloxone is an easy-to-use, life-saving medication that is available for purchase through pharmacies and authorized distributors. It can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose when delivered in a timely manner. Naloxone works by preventing opioids from attaching to the brain. Naloxone can be administered by injection or sprayed into the nose. It can begin working within minutes to restore breathing, consciousness, and save a life.

Recognizing an Opioid Overdose

The symptoms of an overdose differ from those of someone who is only under

the influence.

  • Awake but unable to talk
  • Body is limp
  • Face is pale or clammy
  • Fingernails or lips turn blue or purple
  • Breathing is shallow or has stopped
  • Choking sounds
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unresponsive to outside stimulus

If you notice any of these signs, it is important that you do not leave the person alone. Individuals who survive an overdose do so because someone was there to respond.

Naloxone Administration  Quick Steps

The first few moments after an overdose occurs are vital in preserving life. Remember these five quick steps if you encounter an overdose:

  1. Assess for OD, Attempt to arouse
  2. Call 911 for help
  3. Perform rescue breathing
  4. Administer Naloxone
  5. Stay with person & attempt to connect to treatment options

Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

401 S. Clinton St., 2nd Floor

Chicago, IL. 60607

(312) 814-3840


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 4558 (N-02-17) Drug Overdose Prevention Program Printed by the authority of the State of Illinois.  500 copies PO# 17-0778