Dose of Reality: Together We Can Prevent Opioid Harm

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The harms of opioid use, like an overdose, can impact any family in Wisconsin. That is why we all have a role in preventing and reducing unhealthy opioid use and its related risks. It starts with real talks. Having open and honest conversations about opioids with the people in your life can create a supportive community where prevention, hope, and recovery can be a reality. 

You're invited to participate in listening sessions focused on anticipated opioid settlement funds

We have scheduled several virtual listening sessions to get input on how anticipated settlement funds from opioid manufacturers and distributors should be used to address Wisconsin's opioid epidemic. These listening sessions are open to everyone. View the schedule and information on how to participate.


Let's talk about preventing opioid overdoses

Joining the conversation on opioid use and its harms is the first step. But there are also a number of simple, practical actions you can take to support and safeguard your loved ones.

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Get rid of unused medications

Safely disposing of unused and unwanted medications helps protect the people around you and your environment. There are many safe disposal options available to everyone throughout Wisconsin.

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Respond to an overdose

If you use opioids, or know people who do, it’s important to be prepared in the event of an overdose. Know what to do if you’re with someone who is overdosing.

Save a life with naloxone

Anyone can help reverse an opioid overdose by carrying naloxone. Often called NARCAN®, it’s safe and easy to give.

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Get help now

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline logo without 211 numberIf you or someone you love is struggling with opioid use, don’t blame yourself or them. Focus on getting help instead. Recovery is possible for everyone. The Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline can help. It is free and available 24 hours a day.


Looking for statistics related to Wisconsin's opioid epidemic? Check out our library of data dashboards, reports, and studies.


Last Revised: January 7, 2022