Resources for Opioid Prescribers

Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program
State law requires that all prescribers with controlled substance licenses must register for the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program . The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is an electronic tool that collects information on controlled substance prescriptions, reported on a daily basis by retail pharmacies dispensing in Illinois. If you are not already registered, please visit and register. If you have any problems registering, call the PMP for assistance at 217-524-1311 or email [email protected].  
IL-PMP registration and implementation information.

Have you checked out PMPNow?  Learn more online or from this PMPNow Brochure

IL PMP Newsletters:

Prescription Monitoring Program: How-To Videos

New Pilot Program enables a prescription for medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids.  Learn more

Advocacy:  IAFP Supports SB 1828 – Safe Needles and other Substance Abuse Harm Reduction

FACTS and FIGURES: The number of overdoses in Illinois appears to have fallen slightly between 2017 to 2018, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In 2018, opioid deaths among Illinois residents decreased for the first time in five years with a 1.6 percent drop from 2,202 in 2017 to 2,167 in 2018 according to IDPH data. The opioid death rate is highest among Black Illinoisans, where there are an average of 32.8 opioid deaths per 100,000 Illinois residents. Whites have the second-largest death rate — 16.8 deaths per 100,000 Illinoisans — and Hispanics have 9.9 opioid deaths per 100,000. 

Illinois Department of Public Health  video on how to give the Naloxone nasal spray

Provider Education

IAFP's SafeRx Prescriber CME
IAFP hosted several webinars in 2019 on this topic.  Find them at and earn CME credit (login required)

AAFP Education toolkit
AAFP is part of an Opioid Response Network

RALI- Illinois Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative - elevating solutions to the opioid epidemic in Illinois.
Click here to learn more about our partnership with RALI-IL and how you can join them, too

Telligen, a quality improvement organization, has an Opioid Web Page 
IAFP member Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD, FAAFP co-authored a National Academy of Medicine commentary on policy to improve comprehensive addiction treatment. 

Resources for your practice

Illinois Opioid Hotline - Free and confidential help, 24/7

Order cards for your practice

 Click here to access downloadable images for your practice website


 National Safety Council has free "Warn me" labels for insurance cards and "mail back" envelopes for unused pain medication.  You can order limited quantities for your practice at no cost.



Fentanyl flyer from Live4Lali and Chicago Recovery Alliance

Postcards, Flyers, and Posters available online for download.







The National Council on Aging (NCOA) released an issue brief discussing the use of evidence-based programs to reduce chronic pain.  Highlights from the issue brief:

  • Thirty percent of Medicare Part D beneficiaries had an opioid prescription in 2016.
  • Of those older adults prescribed opioids, 500,000 were prescribed high amounts of opioids.
  • 90,000 Medicare beneficiaries were at a high risk of opioid addiction due to high prescriptions of opioids.
  • Older adults are at an increased risk for opioid overuse and misuse due to having more prescriptions and utilizing more over the counter medications.
  • The 65 and older population are also at a higher risk for medication related side effects from opioids including dizziness, confusion and respiratory depression.  Due to these side effects, those who take opioids are at a higher risk of falling than those that take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as aspirin. 
  • Between the year 2000 and 2015 there was a 640% rise in opioid related deaths for those between the ages of 55 and 74, demonstrating a rise in suicidal thoughts for individuals on opioids.
  • Opioid use can also lead to illegal drug use, with eighty percent of heroin users in the U.S. indicating they first misused prescription medications.

For more information, you can access the NCOA issue brief here.

Opioid resources:

CDC Webinar: Non-opioid Treatments for Chronic PainPrescribing Naloxone (For Physicians), Prescribe to Prevent
The Opioid Epidemic: By the NumbersPrescription Opioids: What You Need to Know 
Pain: You Can Get HelpRole of Physical Activity in Managing Chronic Pain in Older, Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy
Drug Overdose, Drug Policy Alliance
Prescription Drug Overdose in the United States: Fact Sheet, CDC
Overdose Death Rates, NIDA
Recognizing Opioid Overdose, Harm Reduction Coalition
Opioid Overdose Toolkit, SAMHSA
911 Good Samaritan Fatal Overdose Prevention Law, Drug Policy Alliance
Drug Overdose Immunity “Good Samaritan” Laws, National Conference of State Legislators
Overdose Prevention Program Locator
NaloxoneInfo.orgUnderstanding Naloxone, Harm Reduction Coalition
Naloxone/Narcan®: Frequently Asked Questions,
Changing The Narrative is a network of reporters, researchers, academics, and advocates concerned about the way  media represents drug use and addiction.

Telligen QIN’s Speaking Out on Pain Management Podcast

Dive into the world of chronic pain management and explore alternative treatments for chronic pain with the Speaking Out on Pain Management Podcast. Each episode offers a fresh perspective from doctors, nurses, counselors and everyday pain-sufferers on the front lines of treating and living with chronic pain. New episodes available on the second Wednesday of each month until December. Produced by Telligen, the Quality Innovation Network for Colorado, Illinois and Iowa.
Episode 1: Pain Contracts

Episode 2: Non-Opioid Approaches to Pain Management

Episode 3: Tips on Combatting the Patient, Provider, and Pharmacist Disconnect

Episode 4:Pain Assessments: A Patient’s Experience and What The Doctor Recommends

Episode 5: Unexpected Ties Between Mental Health and Pain Management


Last Updated on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 08:06 AM