#LocalGovMatters – Opioids

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services received a 2-year federal grant to increase prescription opioid awareness. In July the Department completed the report showing the results of the program. Gwyn sits down with Paul Krupski, the Director of Opioid Initiatives for DHS and talked about the results on this week’s #LocalGovMatters.

The Wisconsin State Targeted response to the Opioid Crisis – 2018-19 Final Prevention Activity Report.

The podcast starts with Paul explaining the grant program and how it was implemented in Wisconsin. The Department works with the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth (AWY) regional prevention centers to making the funding available and to enhance already existing programs.

Paul explains each one of the different community education efforts that was part of the grant program, how they were implemented, and what some of the up and downs were. They include:

  • Permanent Prescription Drug Drop Boxes
  • Drug Take-Back Events
  • Prescription Drug Lock Boxes
  • Prescription Drug Local Bags
  • Prescription Drug Deactivation Units
  • Coordination of Naloxone Training and Distribution
  • Dose of Reality Education Materials
  • Community Education Events

Paul and Gwyn discuss Naloxone – what it is, who can get it, and where they go to fill a prescription. Here’s the DHS Directory of participating pharmacies.

The Department is now accepting applications for another round of Opioid Response Grants. The application process is option through September 29, 2019.

Thanks to our partners in Community Media:

Rice Lake Radio – 105.5 FM
Waupaca Radio – 96.3 FM
Sun Prairie Radio – 103.5 FM
Oshkosh Radio – 101.9 FM

A big shout out to the Wisconsin Counties Association and the League of Wisconsin Municipalities for partnering with me on this podcast.  Just a reminder to county people out there – the WI Counties Association Annual Conference is coming up in September – you don’t want to miss that.  Thank you to Jackie for sound editing.