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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 1. Short title; reference to Act. This Act may be
5referred to as Louie's Law.
6    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
722-81 as follows:
8    (105 ILCS 5/22-81)
9    Sec. 22-81. Drug education and youth overdose prevention
10Heroin and opioid prevention program. By July 1, 2024, the The
11State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services
12shall work in consultation with relevant stakeholders,
13including the Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory
14Council, to develop and update substance use prevention and
15recovery resource materials for public elementary and
16secondary schools. A Substance Use Prevention and Recovery
17Instruction Resource Guide shall be made available on the
18State Board of Education's Internet website and shall be sent
19via electronic mail to all regional offices of education and
20school districts in this State. The Resource Guide shall
21provide guidance for school districts and educators regarding
22student instruction in the topics of substance use prevention



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1and recovery at an age and developmentally appropriate level
2and shall be reviewed and updated appropriately based on new
3findings and trends as determined by the State Board of
4Education or the Department of Human Services develop and
5establish a heroin and opioid drug prevention program that
6offers educational materials and instruction on heroin and
7opioid abuse to all school districts in the State for use at
8their respective public elementary and secondary schools. A
9school district's use of the Resource Guide participation in
10the program shall be voluntary. All resources and
11recommendations within the Resource Guide shall align with the
12substance use prevention and recovery related topics within
13the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and
14Health and the State of Illinois Opioid Action Plan. The
15Resource Guide shall, at a minimum, include all the following:
16        (1) Age-appropriate, comprehensive, reality-based,
17    safety-focused, medically accurate and evidence-informed
18    information that reduces substance-use risk factors and
19    promotes protective factors.
20        (2) Information about where to locate stories and
21    perspectives of people with lived experiences for
22    incorporation into classroom instruction.
23        (3) Resources regarding how to make substance use
24    prevention and recovery instruction interactive at each
25    grade level.
26        (4) Information on how school districts may involve



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1    parents, caregivers, teachers, healthcare providers, and
2    community members in the instructional process.
3        (5) Ways to create instructional programs that are
4    representative of diverse demographic groups and
5    appropriate for each age, grade, and culture represented
6    in classrooms in this State.
7        (6) Resources that reflect the prevention continuum
8    from universal to selected tactics that address young
9    people's substance use, and current and projected
10    substance use and overdose trends.
11        (7) Citations and references the most up-to-date
12    version of the State of Illinois Overdose Action Plan.
13        (8) Resources that reflect the importance of education
14    for youth, their families, and their community about:
15            (A) substance types, the substance use continuum,
16        the impact of substances on the brain and body, and
17        contributing factors that lead to substance use, such
18        as underlying co-occurring health issues and trauma;
19            (B) the history of drugs and health policy in this
20        State and the country, the impact of zero tolerance,
21        and restorative justice practices;
22            (C) risk mitigation and harm reduction, including
23        abstinence and responding to an overdose with the use
24        of naloxone and fentanyl test strips;
25            (D) addressing adverse childhood experiences, such
26        as witnessing and experiencing violence, abuse,



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1        caregiver loss, and other trauma, especially among
2        young people of color;
3            (E) the social and health inequities among racial
4        and ethnic minorities; and
5            (F) strategies and resources for coping with
6        stress, trauma, substance use, and other risky
7        behavior in non-punitive ways to help oneself or
8        others.
9    Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services
10shall reimburse a grantee for any costs associated with
11facilitating a heroin and opioid overdose prevention
12instructional program for school districts seeking to provide
13instruction under this type of program a school district that
14decides to participate in the program for any costs it incurs
15in connection with its participation in the program. Each
16school district that seeks to participate participates in the
17program shall have the discretion to determine which grade
18levels the school district will instruct under the program.
19    The program must use effective, research-proven,
20interactive teaching methods and technologies, and must
21provide students, parents, and school staff with scientific,
22social, and emotional learning content to help them understand
23the risk of drug use. Such learning content must specifically
24target the dangers of prescription pain medication and heroin
25abuse. The Department may contract with a health education
26organization to fulfill the requirements of the program.



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1(Source: P.A. 102-894, eff. 5-20-22.)
2    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
3becoming law.