Public Act 103-0399
SB2223 EnrolledLRB103 28093 RJT 54472 b

    AN ACT concerning education.
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
    Section 1. Short title; reference to Act. This Act may be
referred to as Louie's Law.
    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
22-81 as follows:
    (105 ILCS 5/22-81)
    Sec. 22-81. Drug education and youth overdose prevention
Heroin and opioid prevention program. By July 1, 2024, the The
State Board of Education and the Department of Human Services
shall work in consultation with relevant stakeholders,
including the Illinois Opioid Crisis Response Advisory
Council, to develop and update substance use prevention and
recovery resource materials for public elementary and
secondary schools. A Substance Use Prevention and Recovery
Instruction Resource Guide shall be made available on the
State Board of Education's Internet website and shall be sent
via electronic mail to all regional offices of education and
school districts in this State. The Resource Guide shall
provide guidance for school districts and educators regarding
student instruction in the topics of substance use prevention
and recovery at an age and developmentally appropriate level
and shall be reviewed and updated appropriately based on new
findings and trends as determined by the State Board of
Education or the Department of Human Services 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 use of the Resource Guide participation in
the program shall be voluntary. All resources and
recommendations within the Resource Guide shall align with the
substance use prevention and recovery related topics within
the Illinois Learning Standards for Physical Development and
Health and the State of Illinois Opioid Action Plan. The
Resource Guide shall, at a minimum, include all the following:
        (1) Age-appropriate, comprehensive, reality-based,
    safety-focused, medically accurate and evidence-informed
    information that reduces substance-use risk factors and
    promotes protective factors.
        (2) Information about where to locate stories and
    perspectives of people with lived experiences for
    incorporation into classroom instruction.
        (3) Resources regarding how to make substance use
    prevention and recovery instruction interactive at each
    grade level.
        (4) Information on how school districts may involve
    parents, caregivers, teachers, healthcare providers, and
    community members in the instructional process.
        (5) Ways to create instructional programs that are
    representative of diverse demographic groups and
    appropriate for each age, grade, and culture represented
    in classrooms in this State.
        (6) Resources that reflect the prevention continuum
    from universal to selected tactics that address young
    people's substance use, and current and projected
    substance use and overdose trends.
        (7) Citations and references the most up-to-date
    version of the State of Illinois Overdose Action Plan.
        (8) Resources that reflect the importance of education
    for youth, their families, and their community about:
            (A) substance types, the substance use continuum,
        the impact of substances on the brain and body, and
        contributing factors that lead to substance use, such
        as underlying co-occurring health issues and trauma;
            (B) the history of drugs and health policy in this
        State and the country, the impact of zero tolerance,
        and restorative justice practices;
            (C) risk mitigation and harm reduction, including
        abstinence and responding to an overdose with the use
        of naloxone and fentanyl test strips;
            (D) addressing adverse childhood experiences, such
        as witnessing and experiencing violence, abuse,
        caregiver loss, and other trauma, especially among
        young people of color;
            (E) the social and health inequities among racial
        and ethnic minorities; and
            (F) strategies and resources for coping with
        stress, trauma, substance use, and other risky
        behavior in non-punitive ways to help oneself or
    Subject to appropriation, the Department of Human Services
shall reimburse a grantee for any costs associated with
facilitating a heroin and opioid overdose prevention
instructional program for school districts seeking to provide
instruction under this type of program 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 seeks to participate 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.)
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.