Task Force to Bring Hope

In response to Wisconsin’s opioid overdose epidemic, Governor Scott Walker created the Task Force on Opioid Abuse under Executive Order #214

“I appreciate the commitment task force members are making to help Wisconsin end this public health crisis, which is claiming lives and hurting families in our state,” Governor Walker said. “Each member of the task force brings a unique perspective and will work together to help Wisconsin solve this serious issue.”

Read about the members of the Task Force.

Task Force Members

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The Task Force represents a unified effort to help end opioid abuse and overdoses in Wisconsin

Press Releases

Governor Orders New Actions in Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Opioid Abuse Information

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Ed​ucation is an important step toward addressing problem use of opioids

Opioids: Inform Yourself

Opioids include heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl. These drugs are used as pain relievers and increase feelings of pleasure, but they also can be addictive. And they can be deadly in high doses, if taken in combination with other drugs, or to someone with certain pre-existing medical conditions. Opioid misuse and abuse represent a public health crisis in WisconsinTreatment is effective. Recovery is possible. Visit Wisconsin Department of Health (DHS) Opioid Resources to learn more about prevention and treatment.

Troubling Statistics

In 2014, more Wisconsin residents died from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, and the number of drug overdose deaths in the state doubled from 2004 to 2014.

Prescription opioid pain relievers contributed to 47 percent of the 843 drug overdose deaths in 2014, while heroin contributed to 32 percent.