Bill to Curb Opioid Dependency Moves Forward

House Republicans help pass bill to reduce opioid dependency. The bill, HB 1, includes both penalty enhancements and a new commitment to education and rehabilitation. It contains numerous provisions intended to discourage and prevent patients from misusing opioid prescriptions and developing a dependence upon these dangerous drugs. Dispensing pharmacies would be forbidding from selling a vial of opioids containing more than a 10-day supply. One key feature of the bill contains a process to make Narcan, a one-time-use opioid antagonist, available to all Illinois first responders (police, fire, EMT) for administration to persons in an opioid overdose emergency.

HB 1 contains expanded commitments to drug courts, diversion pathways for nonviolent drug offenders, mandatory drug treatment, and other pathways intended to reduce addiction and recidivism. The May 27 House vote on HB 1 was 114-0-0, sending the measure to the Senate for final action.