IDPH is working with statewide partners to develop a comprehensive action plan.
- Reduce prescription opioid availability for abuse and diversion
- Work with medical education experts to ensure medical residents are trained in proper opiate prescription practices
- Strengthen existing PMP, encourage greater PMP use by providers, increase surveillance efforts
- Support medication take-back program mandated under HB1
- Expand access to MAT, which has been proven to be very cost-effective, and strengthen supportive services around addiction treatment
- Strengthen capacities at addiction treatment centers;
- Develop a coordinated system in which treatment centers can refer stabilized patients to office-based, community providers and thus free up capacity at treatment centers for acute patients;
- Develop supportive and educational services to community providers (via, e.g., telemedicine networks) to facilitate the provisions of office-based MAT services;
- Encourage more providers to offer MAT via reimbursement incentives.