Learn How to Prevent an Overdose

Registration for November 13th program in Merrill has been extended to Monday, November 11th.  Please contact Debbie Moellendorf at deborah.moellendorf@wisc.edu or 715-539-1077 to reserve your spot today.

Healthy Minds for Lincoln County will be hosting a program to help the public learn more about safely and effectively using prescription pain medications.  The same program will be offered on Wednesday, November 13th in the Lower Level Conference Room 156 at the Lincoln County Service Center at 801 N Sales Street in Merrill (use lower level/south entrance) and again on Thursday, December 5th in the Spruce Room at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital at 401 W Mohawk Drive in Tomahawk (use the Rehab Entrance on east side of hospital).  Both programs will begin at 6 p.m. and end by 8 p.m.  Pre-registrations are appreciated by November 6th for the Merrill program and by November 27th for the Tomahawk program by emailing deborah.moellendorf@wisc.edu or calling 715-539-1077.

Dr. Robert Sedlacek will be presenting Let’s Talk About Pain Medicines, a free 60-minute educational program developed by Wisconsin Health Literacy to help participants obtain a better understanding of how to more safely and effectively use prescription pain (opioid) medicine.

Program topics include:

  • Differences between prescription opioids and other pain medicines
  • Safe storage of opioid medicine to help prevent others from finding and using them
  • What to do with unused opioid medicine
  • Understanding label directions (when and how long to take the medicine)
  • Importance of understanding warning labels
  • When to call the pharmacist or doctor
  • History of the opioid epidemic
  • How naloxone can help stop an overdose

Following this presentation Jordan Schellin, Prevention Specialist with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin will be providing a free program on the signs and symptoms of an overdose, rescue breathing, and how to administer naloxone.

Each participant who pre-registers will be provided with a workbook, a Drug Deactivation & Disposal System pouch, four fact sheets to take home, naloxone plus the chance to enter into a cash prize drawing at the end of the program.

Robert Sedlacek M.D. is a board certified family physician who works for Ascension Medical Group here in Merrill.  He received his medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois, and completed his residency with the Rush-Copley family medicine residency program in Aurora, Illinois.  He has worked for Ascension at the clinic and hospital in Merrill since 2011.  He has commitment to providing holistic care that is taking care of the whole person body, mind, soul, and society.  Because of this commitment, his practice has taken a special interest in managing chronic pain and helping patients to overcome the barriers that pain creates.  He is a member of the American Academy family physicians, the American Medical Association, Wisconsin Medical Society, and is a current board member of the Wisconsin Academy of family physicians.   When he is not helping patients, he enjoys spending time with his wife and pets, practicing yoga, reading science fiction and world history, traveling, and cooking.

Jordan Schellin is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Health Science degree in Human Services from Rasmussen College in Wausau. She has worked with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin for approximately one year focusing on a variety of harm reduction services. Prior to this she worked with the HOPE Consortium in Northern Wisconsin providing care coordination services to individuals with Methamphetamine and Opioid substance use disorders. She continues to provide these services surrounding harm reduction while striving to contribute to a safer, more educated, healthier community.

This project is supported by Security Health Plan and Wisconsin Department of Health Services State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis grant.  Local sponsors include Ascension Good Samaritan and Sacred Heart Hospitals, the Healthy Minds for Lincoln County Coalition, Lincoln County Health Department and UW-Madison Division of Extension Lincoln County.