'Dose of Reality' campaign focusing on opioid abuse by veterans

Published: Jun. 19, 2018 at 6:26 PM CDT
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On Tuesday, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel along with several other lawmakers announced the next phase of the “Dose of Reality” campaign at the Wausau Community Outpatient Clinic.

Since 2015, the campaign has targeted families and young people on the dangers of opioid and drug abuse. The next phase will target veterans and their families.

“We have worked progressively through the last three years to first reach out to young people and parents,” added Attorney General Schimel. “We are trying to identify every community in Wisconsin and find the best way to reach them most effectively."

By partnering with the United States Veterans Administration and the Wisconsin Veteran Affairs, Schimel hopes this will prevent the growing number veterans who overdose from the opioid addiction. According to Schimel, one and every four military deaths are caused by opioid abuse.

"Many veterans have really suffered when they went to war,” shared Victoria Brahm, Tomah VAMC Director. “For many of them, when they return, the only way to cope is to use drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse is a major problem.”

Schimel believes the next phase will make Wisconsin one the leading states in opioid abuse awareness and prevention.