The Opioid Initiative
To fight opioid/heroin abuse, a countywide system is being developed to effectively address the issues addicts and their families face. Drug Free Communities assumed the coordination of the Opioid Initiative in late 2015, and has 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.
To reduce harm to individuals and communities from the sale and use of both legal and illegal substances. 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.
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 policing has proven to be effective.
Examines a range of interventions and support programs that encourage people with SUDs to make healthier decisions about their lives. Treatment improves health by decreasing preventable deaths, illnesses and injuries, while improving social integration.
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Our mission is to decrease substance abuse among youth and adults in our community.
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