opioidSPRINGFIELD - To empower health care providers to prevent opioid abuse, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) voted on a measure Sunday to give every medication prescriber, including e-prescribers, access to the same database.

“By allowing all prescribers access to a universal database, we can give health care providers an accurate resource to make educated decisions when prescribing medications,” Crowe said. “Armed with a patient’s full medical history, a provider may decide the best course of action is to prescribe one of the many viable opioid alternatives.”

The Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) collects information on controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in Illinois. The PMP website allows prescribers and dispensers to view a current or prospective patient's prescription history.

The ultimate goal of the PMP is to assist prescribers and dispensers in the effective treatment of patients seeking medical care. However, currently not every prescriber has access to the database. 

House Bill 2488 would tackle that issue. The measure would ensure every person who has prescribing authority has access to the PMP.

Crowe, chair of the Senate Special Committee on Opioid Crisis Abatement, has gathered stakeholders from across Illinois to learn more about the state’s response to the opioid epidemic and is working to draft additional legislation to support the fight against the public health crisis.

HB 2488 advanced out of the Senate Sunday.

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