With the opioid crisis harming families and communities, IHA supports efforts to limit access to those powerful painkillers, coordinate response among providers and encourage individual recovery.

Illinois’ Opioid Crisis


Opioid-related overdose deaths, 2022


Deaths involving synthetic opioids (mainly fentanyl), 2022


Rate increase in opioid overdose deaths, 2018-2022

Jul 07, 2021

Funding Available for FQHCs and RHCs with X-Waivered Staff

HRSA has launched an effort to improve access to substance use disorder treatment, HRSA DATA 2000 Waiver Training Payment Program for Buprenorphine-Trained Clinicians.

Oct 24, 2018

IHA Summary: President Signs Federal Opioid Package

Today, President Donald Trump signed the bipartisan SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, H.R. 6 (115).

Apr 16, 2018

Opioid Guidelines - Long Version

IHA collaborated with the Illinois College of Emergency Physicians (ICEP) to develop informational guidelines for treating patients with acute and chronic pain in the emergency department (ED).

Apr 16, 2018

Opioid Guidelines - Executive Summary

IHA and ICEP’s informational guidelines on treating patients with acute and chronic pain in the ED are also available in an executive summary. Both versions address common clinical scenarios.

Oct 09, 2017

IDPH Naloxone Standing Order

Illinois' Naloxone Standing Order acts as a prescription and allows pharmacists, pharmacies, and opioid overdose education and naloxone distribution programs to obtain and/or distribute naloxone.

Apr 07, 2016

CDC Guidelines on Opioid Use

In March 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidelines and recommendations on opioid use to treat chronic, non-cancer pain.

Jan 27, 2016

HB1 PA 99-0480

Effective Sept. 9, 2015, a landmark law in Illinois addresses opioid abuse and its illegal use by amending nearly 25 state laws, including the Hospital Licensing and Controlled Substance Act.