Opioid Disposal

What’s new?

  • AMITA Health sponsored House Bill 1338 amending the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act.  The bill is authored by Representative Jonathan Carroll (D).
  • The bill was signed into law and will go into effect on January 1, 2019.

What’s the issue?

  • In 2017, the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act was amended by the legislature to address the disposal of opioids and other dangerous drugs.
  • Unfortunately, the law as written did not address liquid pharmaceuticals, only solid.
  • Rainbow Hospice reached out to the AMITA Health advocacy team to identify this issue and work to find a good solution.
  • This year AMITA Health worked with Representative Carroll to amend the Safe Pharmaceutical Disposal Act to include liquid formulas (HB1338).

Why does it matter?

  • Illinois is in the midst of an unprecedented opioid epidemic. Opioid overdoses have tragically taken the lives of thousands of our residents. The misuse of opioids relentlessly destroys families and futures.
  • Reducing access to these powerful and addictive drugs is an important component of efforts to address the opioid epidemic throughout the state of Illinois.
  • According to the CDC, the national death rate from synthetic opioids increased 72.2% from 2014 to 2015. In Illinois, that percentage increase was 120%. In short, the opioid epidemic is the most significant public health and public safety crisis facing Illinois.
  • Of the 2,278 Illinois statewide drug overdose deaths during 2016, over 80 percent (1,826) were opioid-related fatalities.

What is the AMITA Health perspective?

  • We are all part of the solution. The opioid crisis affects everyone in the state in some way. Its victims are of all ages, races, and walks of life. The causes of the epidemic are complex.  As the largest provider of behavioral health services in the state, we must work with everyone—health care providers, local agencies, law enforcement, community groups, individual citizens, and national partners—toward a solution.
  • AMITA Health believes in prevention. Our Catholic mission calls us to care for the whole person. By taking small steps to prevent youth and other vulnerable populations from accessing leftover liquid opiates and by reducing access to these powerful and addictive drugs, we help our communities in our efforts to address the opioid epidemic throughout the state of Illinois.
  • AMITA Health is committed to community health improvement. In the communities we serve, we work with others to look at the overall health of the community and identify the greatest needs.  Research indicates that better integration of behavioral health services, including substance use treatment into the healthcare continuum, can have a positive impact on overall health outcomes.

AMITA Health Resources

Materials developed by AMITA Health to help you understand, communicate and engage on issues important to health care and our ministry.

House Bill 1338 Liquid Pharmaceutical Disposal

View Resource