You are worth it Wisconsin
Opioid addiction does not discriminate. It can begin with medications prescribed by a physician to manage pain, creating unintentional dependence when used too often or for too long. It can be overwhelming. But with help, you can win this battle.
Opioid overdose is a life-threatening emergency. If you are worried that someone is experiencing an overdose, call 911 and administer naloxone if it is available.
NNaloxone, or Narcan, is a safe and easy-to-use medication that can help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Because some synthetic opioids are powerful and dangerous, multiples doses of naloxone might be needed. Always call 911 if you suspect an overdose.
Here are ways to get naloxone without a prescription:
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services: Zoom into the DHS map to find Narcan near you
- DHS’s Narcan Direct program provides training and Narcan for free.
- Call Lifepoint at 414 225-1608 for free Narcan training and access in and near Milwaukee.
Know the signs of an opioid overdose!
Call 911 immediately if you notice any of the following:
- Body feels clammy to the touch
- Extremely pale face
- Extremely small pinpoint pupils
- Gurgling noises
- Limp body
- Purple or blue colored fingernails or lips
- Slow or stopped breathing or heartbeat
- Unable to be awakened
- Unable to speak
Dispose of unused prescription opioids
- There are many drug take back locations across Wisconsin. To find a safe disposal site near you, visit this Dose of Reality map.
- Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline
- Call: 211 or 833-944-4673
- Text: Your ZIP code to 898211
- Online Chat: Enter the chat room
- Opioid Treatment Centers across the state: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/opioids/find-treatment.htm
- SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
- WisHope Treatment Resources: Resource Map
Don’t let money become a barrier to treatment. 211 can help you navigate insurance and payment options.
Find Peer Support
Many organizations will help you connect to a network of people just like you to support your recovery. Here are a few places to start:
- AA or NA meeting locator: recovertogether.withgoogle.com
- WisHope: https://www.wishope.org/
- Find a recovery coach: https://safercommunity.net/helpline/
Learn More About Opioids
What are opioids?
Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription pain killers, synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and illegal drugs like heroin. Learn more at https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/prevention/index.html.
What is opioid use disorder?
Opioid use disorder is a problematic pattern of opioid use or abuse, often referred to as addiction. Learn more the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s resources on drug use.
How do you treat opioid use disorder?
There are several effective treatment strategies for opioid use disorder, including prescription medications. Learn more about medication-assisted treatment.
What is fentanyl?
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is often mixed with other drugs. It is one of the factors leading to the recent increase in overdose deaths. Learn more about fentanyl.
How is the opioid epidemic affecting Wisconsin?
Get the most up-to-date opioid data collected by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
Worried about a loved one?
Visit the Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline to learn more.