Students and Young People

A Dose of Reality

In Wisconsin, more people die from prescription painkiller overdoses than all other drugs. But don’t think you and your friends get a pass because you’re young. In recent years, the rate of prescription painkiller overdoses has increased by 260% in Wisconsin among young people ages 12-25.

What students and young people can do

  • If someone offers you pills that weren’t prescribed to you, say no. Encourage that person to dispose of them properly.
  • Never offer your own prescription painkillers to someone else. Be sure to lock them up or store them safely, out of reach of others.
  • If you find prescription painkillers at home, leave them alone. Better yet, ask the person whose name is on the label to lock them up or dispose of them if they’re no longer needed or expired.
  • Warn your friends about the dangers of abusing prescription painkillers, including the fact that 4 out of 5 heroin addicts start by abusing painkillers

Resources for students

Get the facts on the dangers of prescription painkiller abuse.

Take the pledge to steer clear of prescription painkillers.

Find out where there’s a Drug Take Back location near you.

Check out our videos about prescription painkillers.

Download the Patient Brochure and Hospital Fact Sheet to learn more.

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.