Heroin Awareness

Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive drug that can be smoked, sniffed, or injected directly into the bloodstream. Heroin addiction has traditionally been considered a problem confined to desperate people and dark alleys. But today, it’s rampant throughout Wisconsin, afflicting teens and young adults from all walks of life. And four out of five of those addicted to heroin start by abusing prescription painkillers.

More information about Heroin

Heroin: A Dangerous Epidemic
The Wisconsin Department of Justice is committed to fighting the spread of heroin and heroin-related crime as well as helping Wisconsin families overcome heroin addiction’s damaging effects. Find a wealth of information at the link above.

Stories of Addiction
It can be hard to quantify the harm heroin can do – broken trust, illness, criminal acts, even death. Heroin addicts and their loved ones face a difficult path. Meet the real Wisconsin men and women who’ve come to understand the high cost of heroin firsthand.

Heroin Cases by County
The number of heroin cases processed by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab has steadily increased in almost every Wisconsin county over the past few years. See how the epidemic has grown all across the state.


Addiction affects people from all walks of life.

Straight Forward: The Truth About Addiction is a WisconsinEye documentary featuring in depth interviews with young Wisconsinites fighting to recover their lives and futures from opioid addictions.