The opioid epidemic has a major issue throughout the United States so it’s no surprise that Illinois mirrored the same issues.  From 2013 to the present day, the number of opioid overdoses steadily increased. In fact, in 2020 there were 2,944 reported deaths due to opioids which is a 33% increase from 2019 and an 80% increase from 2013.

A racial disparity has also been shown in opioid overdose as African-American and Hispanic populations visited the emergency room five times more often than white or non-Hispanic populations.

The state of Illinois has taken steps to try and prevent further addiction but it will take time before we see any real change. In the meantime, we can only hope that people will seek help before it’s too late.

The Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP)

The Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP) was established in 2016 in response to the growing number of drug overdoses in Illinois. The program provides naloxone, an overdose reversal medication, to first responders and community-based organizations across the state.

In 2019, DOPP distributed more than 37,000 doses of naloxone and received reports of more than 2,700 lives saved.

DOPP also works to educate the public about the risks of drug overdose and how to prevent it. The program offers free training on how to administer naloxone and hosts regular webinars on topics related to overdose prevention. Naloxone is a safe and effective medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is available without a prescription in Illinois.

If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to opioids, there is help available. The Illinois Department of Human Services offers a 24/7 hotline for people in need of drug treatment services. The number is 1-800-662-4357. If you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction to opioids, please seek help immediately. There are many resources available to get you on the road to recovery.

Infographic Design By: Northern Illinois Recovery Center