Wisconsin officials update Opioid Epidemic Initiative webpage with new tools

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – Wisconsin officials launched an updated campaign Wednesday aimed at changing the conversation about opioid abuse in the state.

Governor Tony Evers was joined by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Wisconsin Department of Justice to announce new additions to the Reality Dose Initiative. The program empowers Wisconsinites to prevent or reduce opioid use through conversations about the dangers of drugs, as well as how to save lives.

the initiative webpage educates residents on safe storage and disposal of medications, offers strategies for those at risk of developing opioid overuse, and how to find treatment services, among other resources.

“We know that many Wisconsin residents struggle with opioid use, and it’s a problem that has only gotten worse in recent years,” Governor Evers said. “Opioids have devastated families and communities across our state, and this initiative is just one of the ways my administration is working to tackle this issue head-on to help people get back on their feet. the road to recovery.”

The initiative was originally launched in 2015 with the aim of preventing the misuse of prescription painkillers. The new campaign has been updated to include education about all opioids, including heroin and fentanyl, which officials say are a drug on the rise in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin State Crime Lab had 51 cases of fentanyl in 2015. That number rose to 546 cases in 2020, according to DHS.

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