The Opioid Initiative

To fight opioid/heroin abuse, a countywide system is needed to effectively address the challenges and impact of opioid use and addiction on individuals and their families. DFC assumed coordination of the Opioid Initiative in late 2015, and adopted a Four Pillar Approach currently being implemented in several other communities with promising results.

The Four Pillar Approach is based on four Principles:


Strategies and interventions that help prevent harmful use of prescription and illegal drugs before it even begins on a community level. Prevention focuses on decreasing risk factors and influences that put individuals at risk for use, and strengthening factors and influences that protect individuals. 

Harm Reduction

Aims to reduce the negative consequences associated with drug use, and the harm to individuals and communities. The principles of harm reduction requires that no harm is done to those suffering from substance-use disorders (SUDs), with a focus on the harm caused by problematic substance use, rather than substance use per se.

Law Enforcement

Recognizes the need for peace, public order and safety in communities and neighborhoods. History tells us, however, that policing alone is not a solution to Wisconsin’s drug problem. Rather an integrated approach including prevention, treatment, harm reduction and law enforcement has proven to be effective.


Examines a range of interventions and support programs that encourage people with SUDs to make healthy decisions about their lives, manage their addiction, and eventually resume their place in the community. Treatment improves health by decreasing preventable deaths, illnesses and injuries, while improving social integration. 

Contact Information: 

Alexandria Berg

Opioid and Other Drugs Coordinator

Phone: 920.906.6700 ext. 4716


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