Directors Message: February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the lives and successes of people of African descent. We also take this time to learn and reflect on the historical and everyday challenges for African Americans. We celebrate the contributions of African Americans in the arts, medicine, education, and every area of American culture. We recognize the strength and resilience of a people who have overcome many traumatizing periods in history and in the present. SUPR is also committed to addressing inequities created and perpetuated by public policies, including the overwhelming and disproportionate impact of the overdose crisis on African American communities (IDPH-Statewide Semiannual Overdose Report). We are committed to preventing and reversing overdose deaths and reducing the racial disparities that impact Black lives.

UPCOMING TRAININGS:

Black Women Speak Out About Gambling Addiction, Recovery February 20, 2024 | 1PM CT Join Dr. Sandra Adell as she addresses questions related to Black Women and casino gambling, Why Black women aren’t seeking treatment for gambling and the limitations of current treatment and recovery practices? Registration opening soon. Visit: https://learn.illinoisproblemgambling.org/ for additional details.

African American/Black Conference on Problem Gambling February 23, 2024

Attend an engaging and educational community event on February 23rd for an opportunity to hear from speakers who will address Problem Gambling, and its impacts on the African American and Black communities. Lunch will be held at noon where keynote speaker Jarrett Payton will surely not disappoint with his motivational speech, and a few minutes for a Q&A with our audience. Registration is now open. To register, please visit Events – Illinois Council on Problem Gambling (illinoisproblemgambling.org).

NARCAN SHELF LIFE INCREASED NARCAN 4 milligram (mg) Nasal Spray shelf life has been increased from 3-years to 4-years. T he FDA announced this change on January 22, 2024. T his shelf-life extension applies only to NARCAN (4 mg) nasal spray products produced after January 22, 2024. The shelf-life of products that were produced and distributed prior to this date is not affected and remains unchanged. Drug Overdose Prevention Program enrollees, Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution service organizations, and people who may have previously distributed kits on hand are advised to continue to abide by the expiration date printed on each product’s packaging and within the product’s labeling. For guidance on expired naloxone, please follow this link.

SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER TREATMENT AND RECOVERY LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM HRSA’s Health Workforce efforts include the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program. There have been only three Illinois recipients in 2023. Please look at the requirements here and if you qualify, please consider applying. Organizations can apply to be a site, see further information here. You can sign up to receive email notifications when the new application period starts.

Please see the SUPR February 2024 Newsletter below for more information.

SUPR February 2024 Newsletter