Health care professionals want to know what's their role in controlling the opioid epidemic.
That's why UIC's Health Sciences Campus in Rockford is hosting an opioid summit to combat the epidemic. The goal is for medical professionals to identify when opioids are OK to prescribe and to explore the alternatives to opioids like non-addictive painkillers.
"Certainly opioids are indicated for some pain, for chronic pain, for cancer pain, for severe pain, but sometimes we end up prescribing for mild or moderate pain that perhaps something else could've been used such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen," Vice Dean of the College of Pharmacy UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford, Kevin Rynn said.
124 people died of an overdose last year in Winnebago County. With over a hundred of those overdose deaths related to opioids.