Bill Text: IL SR0088 | 2019-2020 | 101st General Assembly | Introduced

Bill Title: Urges the Illinois Department of Public Health to adopt new guidelines for painkillers.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-04-12 - Resolution Adopted [SR0088 Detail]

Download: Illinois-2019-SR0088-Introduced.html

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2 WHEREAS, The State has a considerable moral, public health,
3and financial interest in reducing opioid addiction in the
4State; and
5 WHEREAS, It is medically documented that opioid
6prescription drugs are addictive and that opioid addictions are
7harmful and expensive to address; and
8 WHEREAS, Opioid prescription drug addiction interferes
9with an addict's ability to work and to provide for a stable
10and healthy family; the State's opioid epidemic damages the
11health of families and children and affects the chances that a
12child will receive a healthy upbringing; the opioid epidemic
13increases crime in the State and costs the State and other
14entities excessive amounts of money, which is especially
15problematic in lean budget times; and
16 WHEREAS, Recent analysis by the CDC illustrates a linear
17association between the duration of an initial prescription and
18the likelihood of developing long-term opioid use; in addition,
19many patients who receive a prescription for opioids do not use
20all the medications, resulting in leftover pills that increase
21the risk of misuse and abuse; these factors support the need
22for robust safety measures around prescribing opioids for

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1acute, painful conditions; and
2 WHEREAS, Patients are not always advised of the addictive
3effects of opioid prescription drug use; most compelling is the
42017 analysis released by the CDC that demonstrated "the
5likelihood of chronic opioid use increased with each additional
6day of medication supplied starting with the third day"; among
7those receiving an initial 30-day prescription, more than 30
8percent remained on opioids a year later; and
9 WHEREAS, In general, opioids should not be considered first
10line therapy for patients with mild to moderate pain and with
11limited past exposure to opioids; guidelines emphasize that
12clinicians should first prescribe non-opioid medication for
13acute pain and then, if needed, prescribe opioids in small
14quantities with duration typically limited to less than a week;
16 WHEREAS, Requiring medical providers to inform patients of
17the risks associated with opioid prescription drug use can help
18to reduce opioid prescription drug addictions in the State;
19policies that reduce the number of people who become addicted
20to opioids will better serve citizens of the State and foster
21healthier families; therefore, be it

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1ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we urge the Illinois
2Department of Public Health to adopt new guidelines for the
3prescription of opioid prescription drugs; and be it further
4 RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
5presented to the Illinois Department of Public Health.