Surveys and Data on Adult Substance Use

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a state-based program that gathers information on risk factors among Illinois adults 18 years of age and older through monthly telephone surveys. Established in 1984 as a collaboration between the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state health departments, the BRFSS has grown to be the primary source of information on behaviors and conditions related to the leading causes of death for adults in the general population.

The Illinois County Behavioral Risk Factor Surveys (ICBRFS) are conducted for individual counties employing the same procedures and questions as the BRFSS.


Illinois Opioid Data Dashboard

IDPH’s Opioid Data Dashboard provides information and data on how opioids have been affecting Illinois.


Statewide Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System

Opioid overdose is a national epidemic that effects individuals, families and communities. In 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the United States, according to National Center for Health Statistics.

To help find ways to prevent opioid overdose deaths it is important that we know the facts. The Statewide Unintentional Drug Overdose Reporting System (SUDORS) helps us understand emerging trends and factors leading up to the overdose and can be used to develop prevention approaches.

SUDORS data come from coroner reports and we use the data to disseminate surveillance findings to key stakeholders for prevention of overdoses, like, data briefs and analysis to data requests from community partners & researchers.

Review a PDF with an overview of overdose deaths: SUDORS overview


Illinois Violent Death Reporting System

Violence is a public health problem that affects individuals, families, and communities. 2129 Illinois residents died because of homicide or suicide in 2013 – nearly six violent deaths a day in Illinois.

To help find ways to prevent violent deaths, it is crucial that we know the facts. Illinois Violent Death Reporting System (IVDRS) links us to the who, what, when, where, how, and why violent deaths occur.

IVDRS is a part of The National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), the only state-based surveillance (reporting) system that pools unique data elements from multiple sources into a useable, anonymous database. IVDRS covers all types of violent deaths – including homicides and suicides – in all settings for all age groups.

Data sources include death certificates, coroner/medical examiner reports, law enforcement reports, and crime lab reports. IVDRS currently collects data from 18 of the 102 counties in Illinois.