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Opioids

The opioid epidemic remains a public health crisis in Illinois with more than 2,300 deaths reported in 2019. An upward trend in opioid related deaths could continue in the absence of effective education resources, monitoring and data sharing tools, treatments and emergency responses to people dealing with opioid use disorder.

While responses to the opioid epidemic have been broad and complex on both a federal and state level, ISMS is committed to working with local communities, legislators, and the medical community to combat this epidemic. ISMS is particularly involved in helping physicians with controlled substance licenses enroll in and understand the prescription monitoring program, as well as providing resources related to the appropriate disposal of unused medications.

To see ISMS’ specific work on these issues, please check out the legislative report.

Currently Tracked Bills

ISMS Opposes

Co-Prescribing Naloxone SB 2535 (Sponsor: Sen. Melinda Bush) and HB 348 (Rep. Deb Conroy) – would mandate that prescribers offer a prescription for naloxone under certain circumstances, and require that physicians have specific conversations with not only patients but one or more individuals designated by the patients about addiction. ISMS is strongly opposed to this bill, which is an initiative of a drug company that makes naloxone. This bill is duplicative of current law that allows pharmacists, under a standing order, to offer naloxone to any patient being dispensed an opioid. Because of ISMS’ intervention, the language is not advancing and instead ISMS will participate in stakeholder meetings over the summer on how best inform patients about naloxone and increase access to those individuals who need it.

Prescribing Opioids to Minors HB 3355 (Sponsors: Rep. Charles Meier / Sen. Jason Plummer) – Requires a physician to discuss with a patient who is under 18 years of age and is an emancipated minor, or with the patient's parent or guardian if the patient is under 18 years of age and is not an emancipated minor, the risks of developing a physical or psychological dependence on the opioid and, if the prescriber deems it appropriate, any alternative treatments as may be available. Provides that a prescriber who engages in a discussion required under this provision shall include a note in the patient's medical record indicating that the discussion took place. ISMS opposed the mandate, and successfully amended the bill to ensure that patients are provided information about opioids with information provided by the Illinois Department of Human Services. This bill passed both chambers and awaits further action by the Governor.

Related Resources

A Guide to New Opioid Prescribing Rules:
A Guide to New Opioid Prescribing Rules:
An Update from the IDFPR
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Pain Management and Opioids:
Pain Management and Opioids:
Balancing Risks and Benefits
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Opioids:
Opioids:
Best Practices, Overdose Risk Factors, and Naloxone Co-Prescribing
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Combating Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse
Combating Prescription Drug Misuse and Abuse
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