Opioid Awareness

It only takes a little to lose a lot.

Opioid dependency is a national crisis even affecting Northeast and Central Wisconsin communities where we call home.

The ThedaCare team wants to make sure patients understand how to use opioids safely and where to find help.

What can you do to help prevent opioid dependency?

Despite the risks, opioids can play a role in alleviating pain in certain circumstances like major injuries or post surgical recovery. Your ThedaCare doctor can help you understand all of your options when it comes to pain medications. Before leaving the office ask your doctor about opioid alternatives and the risks involved with use.

Questions to discuss with your doctor may include:

- Are alternative medications available?
- What is the safest recommended dose based on your condition?
- How long should you use the opioid medication?
- What is the long-term care plan to help manage pain without opioids?

Find local alcohol and drug dependency resources for you or a loved one.

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline
Call 211 or search online to learn more about recovery and find treatment options by county.

ThedaCare Behavioral Health
Learn more about substance abuse, Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) treatment options, as well as local group therapy.

Search for Fox Cities mental health providers, as well as alcohol and drug abuse treatment programs. Online screenings for anxiety, depression and substance abuse are also available.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Learn more about the opioid epidemic. Also find links to resources for help and treatment for opioid dependency.

Dispose of Unused Medications

Help reduce the number of expired or unused prescription medications in your home, so the pills do not end up in the hands of children or other family members. Law enforcement will ensure the medications are properly destroyed at no cost to you. Below is a list of acceptable items for Drug Drop Boxes:

  • Expired, Unwanted Prescription Medication
  • Over-the-Counter Medications
  • Medication Samples
  • Pet Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Medicated Ointments
  • Non-Aerosol Sprays
  • Liquid Medications

Local Drug Drop Box sites near ThedaCare locations:

Appleton Police Department
222 S. Walnut Street
Appleton, WI 54911
(365 days per year, 24/7)

Berlin Police Department
108 N. Capron Street
Berlin, WI 54923
(M-F, 7:30am-4:30pm, no holidays)

Brillion Police Department
130 Calumet St.,
Brillion, WI 54110
(365 days per year, 24/7)

Calument County Sherriff's Department
206 Court St.,
Chilton, WI 53014
(365 days per year, 24/7)

CVS Pharmacy
700 West Wisconsin Avenue
Appleton, WI 54914
(365 days per year, 24/7)

Grand Chute Police Department
1900 Grand Chute Blvd
Appleton, WI 54937
(M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm, no holidays)

Green Lake County Sheriff
571 County Road A
(Drop box located in the front foyer to the Green
Lake County Government Center, open 365 days
per year, 24/7)

Meijer Pharmacy
3801 North Richmond Street
Appleton, WI 54913 
(M-F, 9am-9pm; Sat., 9am-7pm; Sun., 10am-6pm)

Menasha Police Department
430 First Street
Menasha, WI 54952
(365 days per year, 24/7)

Neenah Police Department
2111 Marathon Avenue
Neenah, WI 54956
(365 days per year, 24/7)

New London Police Department
700 Shiocton Street
New London, WI 54961 
(M-F, 8am-12am)

New Holstein Police Department
2110 Washington St., 
New Holstein, WI 53061
(M-F, 7am-4:30pm)

Oshkosh Police Department
420 Jackson Street
Oshkosh, WI 54903
(365 days per year, 24/7)

Outagamie County Sheriff’s Office
3030 E. Goodland Drive
Appleton, WI 54911
(M-F, 8am-4:30pm)

Shawano Sheriff’s Office
405 N Main Street
Shawano, WI 54166
(365 days per year, 24/7)

Walgreens Pharmacy
729 West Northland Avenue
Appleton, WI 54914
(365 days per year, 24/7)

700 West College Ave 
Appleton, WI 54914
(M-F, 8am-8pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 9am-5pm)

305 Racine Street 
Menasha, WI 54952
(M-F, 8am-8pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 9am-5pm)

1100 Emmers Lane 
Oshkosh, WI 54904
(M-F, 8am-8pm; Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., 9am-5pm)

950 South Koeller Street 
Oshkosh, WI 54902
(24 hours)

Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office
1402 E. Royalton Street
Waupaca, WI 54981
(M-F, 7am-5pm)

Waushara County Sheriff’s Office
430 East Division Street
Wautoma, WI 54982
(365 days per year, 24/7)

Weyauwega Police Department
109 E. Main Street
Weyauwega, WI 54983
(M-F, 8am-4:30pm)