Security Health Plan announces recipients of $137,000 in Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Grants


“Few people ever intend to struggle with an opioid use disorder, but as many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids for long-term pain eventually do. We want to intervene,” said Sue Wilhelm, director of Security Health Plan Pharmacy Services.

Professional image of Sue WilhelmOne intervention is Security Health Plan’s recent investment of $137,000 in Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Grants. Security Health Plan is proud to announce the 10 recipients whose programs will help prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs:


    Bayfield County Health Department
    Barron County Community
    Eau Claire City-County Health Department
    Indianhead Community Action Agency
    Together for Jackson County
    Marathon County AOD Partnership 
    Taylor County Drug Opposition Partners
    Boys and Girls Club of the Wisconsin Rapids Area
    Winnebago County Drug & Alcohol Coalition

Funding may be used to develop new projects or programs, or to improve existing programs.


“Our Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Grants are one way we can help our local communities,” said Jay Shrader, Marshfield Clinic Health System Vice President of Community Health and Wellness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates opioid dependence costs the healthcare system $78.5 billion on an annual basis. Meanwhile, the state toll of opioid-related deaths rose to 622 in 2014, making opioid-related deaths a leading cause of injury deaths in Wisconsin.


The grants are part of a larger Marshfield Clinic Health System effort to fight the opioid epidemic and manage the rising cost of healthcare. Other synchronized efforts include changes to pharmacy management services and the installation of medication disposal kiosks.


“An epidemic this serious will take the collaboration and cooperation of everyone in the community. We’re happy to do our part,” said Shrader.