Illinois awarded grant to combat prescription drug overdose

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CHICAGO - The State of Illinois has been awarded one of 16 four-year grants to prevent overdose deaths related to prescription opioids.

The grant is worth $3,600,000 over four years. The money, in part, will go toward implementation of strategies to improve safe prescribing practices.

The following strategies will be supported:

1.     Enhance and maximize Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs;

2.     Improve opioid prescribing practices;

3.     Implement prevention efforts at the state and community level aimed at preventing overuse, misuse, abuse and overdose; and

4.     Implement “Rapid Response Projects” to address new and emerging problems related to prescription drug overdose.

The funding will also present opportunities of advance surveillance and evaluation efforts to understand and respond to the increase in heroin overdose deaths.

Illinois will also track heroin morbidity and mortality as an outcome of its work and have opportunities to evaluate policies with implications for preventing both prescription drug and heroin overdoses.

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