Dose of Reality: Prevent Prescription Painkiller Abuse in Wisconsin – Wisconsin Department of Justice
The DOSE OF REALITY Prescription Painkiller Abuse Prevention, Education, and Awareness effort is a statewide call-to-action aimed at preventing Wisconsin residents from abusing and becoming addicted to prescription opioids (or narcotics). This is a multi-faceted communications effort that involves television, radio, online, print, and outdoor messaging, as well as targeted and specialized materials to be used by the medical community with their patients, law enforcement, and more.
The Wisconsin Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success 2015 (PFS) grant was awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) in September 2015 with a focus on prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12-25. To fulfill grant requirements, and to work toward the goal of increasing surveillance of prescription drug misuse in Wisconsin, a survey was developed for distribution to individuals ages 18-25. While young adults (18-25) were the primary sampling target, the on-line survey was also open to adults age 26 or older. Overall, the analysis corroborates the need for continued education and awareness raising about prescription opioid use and misuse across the state.
This guide includes best practices for running a drug take-back program, regulatory instructions for handling controlled substances, collection systems and vendor options, strategies to promoting your program, cost information and funding options. This guide is designed to help pharmacists/pharmacy managers, local leaders, healthcare providers, waste managers, rural communities, environmental advocates, and prevention and recovery networks interested in safe drug disposal.