Substance Use


Winnebago County Public Health supports efforts that work on preventing use, reducing harm from use, and increasing access to treatment.

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Substance Use Harm Reduction:

Narcan, LifePoint Syringe Service, and test strips for Fentanyl and Xylazine are free of charge at the Winnebago County Public Health Department's Oshkosh location (112 Otter Avenue, Second Floor), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Harm reduction services are not available when the public health department is closed. See a list of observed holidays here.)Narcan Training, November 10 and December 13

  • Narcan: Narcan, also known as naloxone, is used in opioid overdoses to counteract life-threatening depression of the central nervous system and respiratory system, allowing an overdose victim to breathe normally. If given to someone overdosing on opioids it can save their life. Naloxone is a nonscheduled (i.e., non-addictive), prescription medication. Naloxone only works if a person has opioids in their system; no harm or effect will be had on a person if they are given Narcan when not overdosing from opiates. Click here to learn more about Narcan.
  • LifePoint Syringe Service: LifePoint is a syringe services program aimed at reducing the transmission of HIV and Hepatitis C and other potential harms associated with injection drug use. WCHD is a satellite location for Vivent Health's Lifepoint program. Lifepoint is free and available during business hours at the Oshkosh location.
  • Fentanyl Test Strips: Fentanyl test strips detect the presence of fentanyl in drug samples prior to use. Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is used medically to treat severe pain, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl is driving an increase in drug overdose deaths both nationally and in Winnebago County. Learn more here.
  • Xylazine Test Strips: Xylazine test strips detect the presence of Xylazine in drug samples prior to use. Xylazine is a powerful non-opioid sedative, anesthetic, muscle relaxant, and analgesic for animals. It is NOT approved for use in humans. It is a central nervous system depressant (i.e. downer). Xylazine, often called “tranq,” is found being added to opioids like fentanyl or other drugs in the illicit drug supply.
  • Find locations In Winnebago County that offer free Narcan and Fentanyl Test Strips at:
  • Find locations in the Fox Valley area that offer free Narcan at:


Medicine Disposal (Drug Drop):

Winnebago County residents can dispose unwanted medication at any of the four permanent drug drop sites located at local Police Departments: Fox Crossing, Menasha, Neenah, and Oshkosh. WCHD provides support for these drug drop boxes through promotion of all sites and participation in periodic drug sorts at the Oshkosh Police Department.

Breakwater Coalition:

Breakwater, a substance use prevention coalition with backbone support from WCHD, has been formed to address substance use and misuse. Currently the action teams are focused on treatment/recovery, prevention/awareness, data collection, and communication. Using this new approach offers the opportunity for more involvement from the community and the ability to continue the vital work the original Task Force set out to accomplish.

We Heart You Cards:

The We Heart You card is the size of your standard business card and easily fits in any pocket. It is a simple card with a simple message: we care about you, and we want you to get the help you need, when you are ready.

Winnebago County Overdose Fatality Review Team:

Winnebago County was one of six counties selected to receiving funding, training, and support to develop a drug overdose fatality review program. The program consists of a county-wide partnership across sectors that leverages inter-agency data sharing and practitioner expertise to review fatal drug overdoses. The program seeks to identify strategies for prevention and intervention that address the problem of drug use and overdose in Winnebago County.
Click here to learn more about the Winnebago County Overdose Fatality Review Team.

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