Strategic Prevention Framework in Wisconsin

Prescription drug abuse among persons age 12-25

There has been a steady increase in prescription drug misuse and abuse in Wisconsin over the last ten years. In 2012, the State Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse released the Reducing Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Abuse: A Call to Action report, which found that Wisconsin residents ages 12 and older are misusing prescription drugs at higher rates than the national average. 

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is using the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to address this issue. This effort focuses on the following 12 counties, which were identified as having the highest level of non-medical use of prescription drugs in Wisconsin among individuals age 12-25.

  • Ashland
  • Columbia
  • Dane
  • Douglas
  • Eau Claire
  • Florence
  • Forest, Vilas, Onieda
  • Kenosha
  • Marinette
  • Menominee
  • Milwaukee
  • Rock


This project is funded by a five-year, $8 million grant from SAMHSA, which was awarded in 2015.  It builds upon a 2012-2015 project funded by a SAMHSA grant that focused on addressing this issue in Adams, Forest, Kenosha, Langlade, Lincoln, Menominee, Milwaukee, Oneida, and Racine counties.

Project Goals
  • Reduce the non-medical and unauthorized availability of and access to prescription drugs among 12-25 year olds in the targeted counties
  • Establish a statewide surveillance system to identify prescription drug misuse and abuse
Project Objectives
  • Increase awareness among parents, youth, patients, and healthcare providers
  • Increase the capacity of the surveillance system in the selected counties in order to identify and track emerging prescription drug-related trends
  • Increase the proper disposal of expired and unused prescription drugs in these counties
  • Increase law enforcement's ability to provide strategic enforcement.
  • Increase the availability of data
  • Increase collaborative efforts among state departments and local county/tribal service agencies in order to align relevant prescription drug information into a statewide surveillance system.
Project Strategies

To achieve these goals and objectives listed above, this project will:

  • Coordinate a public outreach and education campaign.
  • Educate and train health care professionals.
  • Establish of standard prescribing practices for urgent care and emergency departments.
  • Develop of  a community early warning and monitoring system that tracks use and problem indicators at the local level.
  • Establish a coordinated local system for providing secure, convenient disposal of consumer medications from households.
  • Enhance law enforcement's capacity to address unauthorized prescription drug use by building bridges between law enforcement and community-based prescription drug misuse and abuse prevention efforts.
Last Revised: September 9, 2015