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Drug Poisoning Prevention

dane county safe use and storage


expect fentanyl

Be on the lookout for fentanyl, a powerful opioid, in counterfeit prescription medicines, cocaine, meth and other substances. Even if it looks safe, test for fentanyl, never use alone and have Narcan on hand. 

Pick up Narcan and test strips at these locations, free of charge:

LifePoint Syringe and Narcan Access by Vivent Health
600 Williamson Street, Madison WI, 53703
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm | Call for additional hours.

Community Pharmacy
Free Fentanyl Test Strips made available by
Public Health Madison-Dane County
130 S Fair Oaks, Madison, WI 53704

Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-6pm; Saturday: 10am-5pm

Safe Communities Recovery Coach 24-7 Helpline
Free Fentanyl Test Strips and Naloxone
To Schedule Pick Up or to talk to a recovery coach call 608-228-1278

Public Health Madison Dane County
Syringe Service Program Locations 

safe drug storage

Taking a regular ‘inventory’ of your prescription medications – whether they are for pain, sleep, anxiety, etc. – keeping them in a safe place and disposing of them properly can and does save lives. 

Store your medications securely at home. Contact us for a free medication lock box at

Safe Storage Considerations


what you should know


If you have any questions about the considerations listed above, please contact your medical provider to speak about specific ways you can more safely use and store your medications.

Being aware of the best practices to secure and store your medication can save lives. Always make sure to be aware of how you’re storing your medication, who could get access to it and when medications expire. Talk to your healthcare provider for any further questions or concerns relating to your prescription medication storage and safety.

Medication Lockbox

For a free medication lock box, contact us at


Safe Communities is not a counseling or crisis center and does not provide direct services. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).


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Treatment Key

Safe communities has complied a list of abbreviation definitions for finding the right treatment for you.

MAT: Medication for Addiction Treatment.
OP: Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends. individual and group therapy, these can include or not include MAT.
IOP: Intensive Outpatient Treatment – person lives at home or in the community, attends individual and extended groups, 9-12 hours a week.
Residential: person lives at the facility for a period of at least 14 days, some last as many as 45 days.
PHP: Partial Hospitalization Program is a structured mental health treatment program that runs for several hours each day, three to five days per week.
DBT: Dialectical behavior therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that integrates mindfulness techniques.