Resources for Opioid Prescribers

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].  

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

New Pilot Program enables a prescription for medical cannabis as an alternative to opioids.  Learn more
Updated information regarding IL-PMP registration and implementation. Click here for important updates!
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.  There were 2,730 predicted cases of drug overdose death in Illinois in 2018, down from 2,783 in 2017, a decline of 1.9 percent. Predicted cases are estimates adjusted for incomplete reporting. 

Provider Education

IAFP's SafeRx Prescriber CME
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 launched a new Opioid Web Page 

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.



The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently 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.

In addition, NCOA also released a presentation that covered opioid usage among older adults. According to the presentation, the following are at a higher risk of long-term opioid use:  

  • Women
  • Poor health
  • Chronic/new back pain
  • Mental health issues
  • Older age
  • Low income

For more information, you can access the NCOA presentation here.  

Opioid resources for older adults and caregivers:




Last Updated on Monday, August 19, 2019 01:18 PM