Understanding the Opioid Epidemic

Premieres January 17 at 9PM on Milwaukee PBS 10

New from PBS, Understanding the Opioid Epidemic is a special that combines stories of people and communities impacted by this epidemic along with information from experts and those at the frontlines of dealing with the epidemic. The program traces the history of how the nation got into this situation and provides possible solutions and directions for dealing with the crisis.

Prescription opioids can be used to treat moderate-to-severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury, or for health conditions such as cancer. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the acceptance and use of prescription opioids for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain, despite serious risks and the lack of evidence about their long-term effectiveness.

Want More Information on Opioid Addiction?
For a listing of some of the most common opioid prescriptions abused, characteristics and signs of opioid addiction, and facts about the science and biology of addition, visit our website.

Anyone who takes prescription opioids can become addicted to them. According to the CDC, as many as one in four patients receiving long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting struggles with opioid addiction. Once addicted, it can be hard to stop.

Do You Need Help? - Resources
Here’s some local organizations that can help you overcome addiction:

(262) 377-2673
Opioid Overdose Report and Quarterly Newsletter

(414) 256-4808

Meta House* 
(414) 962-1200
*for women

United States Recovery
(800) 477-6291