Prescription Painkillers. After the pain, they’re just killers.

You may be surprised to learn that prescription opioid (or narcotic) abuse is a big problem in the State of Wisconsin. You are not alone. That’s why the Wisconsin Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and partners across the State, is sharing a DOSE OF REALITY and working to prevent prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin. When prescribed and used properly, prescription opioid painkillers can offer relief. However, anyone is at risk of becoming addicted, especially our young people ages 12-25.

Deaths and hospitalizations from overdoses are increasing, and four out of five heroin addicts start by abusing prescription painkillers. In the words of Attorney General Brad Schimel, prescription painkiller abuse is a “public health crisis in Wisconsin.” We all need to work together and do something about it. This DOSE OF REALITY site will help in that effort. Use it to find out how you can do your part in preventing prescription painkiller abuse in Wisconsin.

WANT TO HELP SHARE A DOSE OF REALITY? New materials for the Native American community, U.S. Veterans and Service Members, and all program materials are available for Wisconsin organizations to obtain and share by visiting our Online Ordering Portal

A Message from the Attorney General

State of Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel talks about the prescription painkiller abuse epidemic in Wisconsin and why the DOSE OF REALITY effort is so important to help save lives, especially those of our young people ages 12-25.