(105 ILCS 5/22-81)
Heroin and opioid prevention program.
The State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services shall develop and establish a heroin and opioid drug prevention program that offers educational materials and instruction on heroin and opioid abuse to all school districts in the State for use at their respective public elementary and secondary schools. A school district's participation in the program shall be voluntary. Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services shall reimburse a school district that decides to participate in the program for any costs it incurs in connection with its participation in the program. Each school district that participates in the program shall have the discretion to determine which grade levels the school district will instruct under the program.
The program must use effective, research-proven, interactive teaching methods and technologies, and must provide students, parents, and school staff with scientific, social, and emotional learning content to help them understand the risk of drug use. Such learning content must specifically target the dangers of prescription pain medication and heroin abuse. The Department may contract with a health education organization to fulfill the requirements of the program.
(Source: P.A. 102-894, eff. 5-20-22.)