Prevention and Prescription Monitoring

Prescriptions for opioid pain relievers have increased 25.2% in Illinois from 2008-2014. Exposure to and abuse of prescription opioids can lead to heroin use. State prescription drug monitoring programs have been shown to prevent opioid-related overdose deaths through monitoring high risk patient and provider behaviors. The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program assists healthcare providers in preventing potential drug interactions, misuse and abuse of controlled substances, and prevents medical error.