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Statement of Need

Since 1999 opioid prescriptions in the United States have quadrupled, and the number of people who have died from opioid overdose has mirrored this increase.
From 2014-2015 Illinois was one of nineteen states that had a statistically significant increase in opioid overdose deaths. In fact,
during that time opioid overdoses killed 45% more people than homicides. In addition to risk of overdose, misuse and opioid use disorder
are also dangerous, and according to the CDC, every day over 1000 people are treated in the Emergency Room for misuse of prescription opioids.
In 2015 the CDC released guidelines on opioid prescribing based on the best available data, and since 2012 voluntary education has been offered
to physicians in an effort to mitigate risks, although the targeted number of prescribers has yet to be trained.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and The Illinois Office of the Attorney General recognize the importance of prescriber education
in patient care and safety. To address the opioid crisis in Illinois we have partnered to offer an educational toolkit for new prescribers
to the state. This module consists of a 15-minute video with best practices in opioid prescribing and an introduction to the Illinois
prescription drug monitoring program.


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Target Audience

Health care prescribers of all specialties including physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Screen for opioid misuse and use disorder
  • Monitor patients taking opioid medication
  • Use the Illinois Prescription Drug Monitoring Program


Audrey Tanksley, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine. Dr. Tanksley is a Board-Certified Internist who teaches residents
and medical students about addiction. Her research interests focus on evaluating educational innovations that aim to improve patient
safety and health equity of care impacting vulnerable populations.

Monique Anawis, MD, JD is the Medical Director for the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and also serves as Assistant Attorney General.
Dr. Anawis is a Board-Certified practicing ophthalmologist who teaches residents and medical students, is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
for the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Technical Expert for the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program.

The faculty has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

Credit Statement

To receive a certificate of completion for the module, the participant must complete the activity evaluation and correctly answer 6 out of 6 questions (100% pass rate) on the post-test.
The test can be accessed by clicking on the appropriate link at the top of this page. Upon successful completion, the participant may save or print their certificate (PDF).


This activity is complimentary.


If you have any questions regarding this activity, please contact dph.director@illinois.gov

Grant Funding

This series is made possible with generous funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health.


The staff of the University of Chicago Medical Center has no financial relationships to disclose.


The information presented in this activity is for medical education purposes only.

The opinions expressed in this educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of
the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, the University of Chicago Medicine, or the Department of Hospital Medicine.


Audrey L. Tanksley, MD

Assistant Professor

University of Chicago Medical Center

Pritzker School of Medicine

Monique A. Anawis, MD, JD

Medical Director for the Office of Illinois Attorney General

Mai Tuyet Pho, MD, MPH

Medical Advisor for Health Research and Policy

Illinois Department of Public Health

Assistant Professor

Section of Infectious Diseases and Global

Health University of Chicago Medical Center

Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP

Associate Professor of Medicine

Assistant Dean of Scholarship & Discovery at Pritzker School of Medicine

Director of GME Clinical Learning Environment and Innovation

University of Chicago Medicine

Chicago, IL