Opioids: Webcasts

The Department of Health Services (DHS) produces an opioid harm prevention webcast series for local public health officers and their community partners.

November 27, 2018: Exploring Opioid Data

Exploring Opioid Data from Wisconsin's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

In this webinar, Opioid Harm Prevention Program (OHPP) staff teams with Andrea Magermans, director of the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), to provide an overview of the PDMP and available data. Magermans begins the webinar with the history of the PDMP and how it has been improved with the end user in mind. Ron Prince, epidemiologist for OHPP, then leads webinar participants through all of the county-level data available on the PDMP statistics webpage. The purpose of this webinar is to build capacity at the local level around effectively using data.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about the background and use of the PDMP.
  • Learn the types of data available from the PDMP Statistics webpage.
  • Review examples of how opioid data can be applied to answer county-level questions.
  • Learn how to request opioid data from OHPP.

June 16, 2017: Preventing Opioid Use Disorder

There is a high burden of substance misuse in the United States and in Wisconsin, including the multitude of issues that stem from opioid misuse. The goal is to reduce the impact of opioid harm on individuals, families, communities and the society. This webinar focuses on various prevention strategies from experts in many fields, which can be implemented to change policy, and target segmented audiences and anyone engaged in risky behavior.

  • Winnebago County highlights some of their efforts, as well as the history of their drug harm prevention coalition, key strategies to raise awareness and conduct community outreach, how the structure of their committee has changed to respond to the needs of the community, and future strategies moving forward.
  • Rock County (represented by a current employee of Madison and Dane County Public Health) focuses on opioid harm prevention work in Janesville, specifically "Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change," a state-certified prevention agency. The program uses the seven strategies of community change for prevention efforts, including primary, secondary and tertiary prevention strategies.
  • Kenosha County highlights its efforts to de-stigmatize treatment for addiction and highlight their addiction prevention approaches. Kenosha similarly brought together community stakeholders to partake in a variety of strategies to reduce harm and increase access to treatment.
  • Franklin, Wisconsin, representatives discuss the ties between the city health department and a coalition called Franklin Area Parents and Students United, an initiative aimed at reducing drug and alcohol drug use and misuse. The city implemented strategic prevention framework that targeted various populations.

March 17, 2017: Harm Reduction

This webinar highlights how harm reduction is defined in various ways and what studies indicate about various opioid-related harm reduction strategies. The state has a number of efforts around harm reduction and the panel of guests discuss the various strategies or interventions used to reduce the adverse consequences of drug use among persons who continue to use. Experts agree that harm reduction not only helps those who continue to use, certain strategies can also help the widespread effects of opioid harm on the community.

Examples of harm reduction include, naloxone access, Good Samaritan Laws and HIV/Hepatitis C prevention strategies.

  • Naloxone access saves lives:
    • “Take-home” naloxone reverses >90% of overdoses.
    • Reduces death even when EMS transport is refused.
    • No evidence of increase in opioid use.
  • Kyle Beyer, coordinator for implementing standing order for naloxone at Roundy's pharmacies talks about the benefits of implementing the program.
  • Scott Stokes, formerly of the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and now at DHS, discusses providing naloxone for free and naloxone administration training, referral to drug treatment programs, and needle exchange programs.
  • Dan Sechler, chief and EMS director for Baraboo ambulatory services, discusses harm reduction from an EMS perspective, What EMS is seeing out in the field, how to recognize an overdose, what to be aware of when administering naloxone, and what is expected at the scene of an overdose.
  • Jeff Vahsholtz, Cedarburg Police Department, discusses harm reduction and naloxone administration from a law enforcement perspective.

February 3, 2017: Safe Prescribing

This webinar highlights the importance of safe prescribing of opioids and coordinated and collaborative steps the state has taken to improve prescribing practices across the state.

Topics covered include:

  • The history of Wisconsin's efforts to promote safe prescribing of opioids and raise awareness around the issue, including the Health Care Task Force. Stakeholders at the state level recognize the need to pull together a number of different partners to tackle this issue from many sides.
  • The implementation of the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board opioid prescribing guidelines, how it has expanded on what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released in its prescribing guidelines, and how prescribers can effectively treat pain within these guidelines.
  • The role of local health departments and tribal health clinics in connection with this effort, including link local efforts and coalitions, advocate for policy change, monitor and evaluate to improve efforts, and research of evidence-based best practices.
  • The iterative process involved in creating the enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, and how it has been improved to better track prescribing practices among health care professionals.

December 15, 2016: A Collaborative Approach to Addressing Wisconsin's Opioid Crisis

This webinar outlines the multifaceted, multidisciplinary approach the state has taken in addressing opioid harm across Wisconsin. Members of the governor's task force outline these initiatives at a high level, with the plan to dive deeper into each area in future webcasts.

Opioid harm is a complex problem that will require an equally complex solution to reverse harm. State departments partnered to tackle the problem in a collaborative holistic way. The basis of a meaningful, effective strategy lies in three topics: Effective Use of Data, Collaboration and Coordination, and Policy Formation. Upon this foundation, there are six areas of focus: Access to Drugs, Safe Prescribing, Harm Reduction, Restorative Justice, Treatment and Recovery, and Substance Use Prevention. The overarching area of focus is public awareness because we all have a stake in this fight. In this webinar, top state health officials offer a high-level outline of what each of these strategies means within the state. Additionally, county, tribal, and municipal public health officers can model some of these strategies at the local level by building coalitions and funding successful prevention strategies. The state will continue to build its response within each of these areas over the coming years.

Last Revised: December 10, 2018