solutions to the
In 2016, there were 1,947 overdose deaths
due to opioids in Illinois. From 1999 to 2016, opioid-related overdose deaths in the state nearly quadrupled.
The crisis affects every community in our state.
RALI Illinois and its partners are coming together with leaders across the state to change this.
Our work focuses on raising awareness of the warning signs of opioid misuse and providing tools to enable the safe disposal of unused prescription medicines.
We are also supporting a broad range of solutions focused on preventing and treating opioid addiction, and providing recovery
services for those in need.
LEADERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE
We are proud to work with organizations across the state who are having an impact on the opioid epidemic in Illinois.
Learn more about our RALI Illinois partners by clicking on the images below.
The Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), one of the nation’s leading non-profit employer coalitions, helps businesses manage chronic pain among employees. Click here for their toolkit.
The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians’ Safe Prescriber Program helps doctors practice appropriate pain management. Read about the program here.
We want to hear about organizations, events and individuals making a
difference in your community. Tell us about them by filling out a short form.
SAFE USE & DISPOSAL
Everyone can help prevent prescription drug misuse by safely using, storing and disposing of medications.
Always talk to your
doctor about how to
use a prescription
Be sure to follow dosing recommendations
Don't mix medications without first checking
with your doctor
Never mix prescription opioids with alcohol
Don’t take someone
medications in a
locked or secure place –
and always out of the
reach of children
Have a family
the dangers of
misusing prescription medication
Once finished using a prescription
medication as directed
by a medical
dispose of it rather than
keep it in your medicine
cabinet for future use
There are several ways
to easily and safely
dispose of unused
medications right at
Learn more below...
One of the best things we can all do to help address the opioid crisis
in our state is to safely dispose of unused prescriptions medications.
There are several simple options for safe disposal:
You can use a home disposal kit. You’ll put unused medications in the included pouch, add water, seal and dispose of it in the trash.
You can use household materials to dispose of your unused medications.
Mix your medicines with kitty litter or old coffee grounds in an airtight container and dispose of it in your trash can.
Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
website or talk to your doctor about the disposal method best suited for the medication you have been prescribed.
If someone you know has started misusing opioids, early intervention is important. Learning the warning signs of opioid addiction can help protect family, friends and communities.
Physical and behavioral changes could indicate someone is misusing prescription opioids or illegal drugs, like heroin or fentanyl.
Common signs of opioid misuse:
Unexplained absences from school or work
Drop in grades or performance at work
Loss of interest in
Spending less time with friends or family
Hanging out with a new friend group
Missing prescription medications
Empty pill bottles
Paraphernalia, such as syringes, shoe laces or rubber hose, kitchen spoons, aluminum foil, straws, lighters
Increase in fatigue or drowsiness
Rapid weight loss
Frequent constipation or nausea
Decline in personal hygiene
Wearing long sleeves regardless of the season