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 health care providers in preventing potential drug interactions, misuse and abuse of controlled substances, and prevents medical error.

In an effort to assist all new IL medical and dental prescribers to receive training regarding opioid prescribing, IDPH, the Office of the Attorney General, and the University of Chicago developed a 15 minute training video for new prescribers.  The video, which is suitable for existing and new prescribers, can be incorporated into your training on proper opioid prescribing.  It provides guidance for new prescribers to:

  1. Screen for opioid misuse and use disorder;
  2. Monitor patients on opioids; and
  3. Use the IL Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (link under resources)