Stairway to Heroin has evolved into a model program for education, prevention and recovery used in communities and school districts across the state of Wisconsin and in parts of Illinois and Indiana with a mission of making a difference in the lives of families.

This four-part prevention model is designed to be implemented in schools and communities to address the ongoing substance abuse epidemic adolescents and young adults are facing today: 

Stairway to Heroin:  Creating awareness in your community by providing local facts of drug use in your schools and community, detailing the trends of kinds and types of use, providing a medical perspective on use, hearing personal testimonies from families who have experienced the devastation associated with drug abuse and addiction, and learning about hope and recovery.  

Playgrounds to Pills: Prevention begins with parents.  This targets a younger population, specifically parents of those in 4th-9th grades.  This program places emphasis on pediatric and adolescent brain development, decision-making skills and building resiliency in children.  It also focuses on the protective factors vs. the risk factors for alcohol and drug use.  



Wake Up Call: This is a life-sized exhibit of a teen’s bedroom with more than 20 “red flags” that can signal drug or alcohol use.  The bedroom identifies spots where teens may hide drugs, household items that can be used as drug paraphernalia and ways teens try to cover up drug and alcohol use.  It is important for parents to know what to look for in their own homes before alcohol and drug use escalates to other risky behaviors or addiction.  


Deadly Decisions: This program targets the transitional age (late high school/early college) population of students who can be very susceptible to drug involvement, alcohol misuse/abuse and potential drug overdose. Young people between the ages of 18-24 are already at a heightened risk of addiction so the availability and accessibility of many kinds of drugs is truly frightening. Increasing overdoses and the growing heroin epidemic have forced high schools and college campuses to begin coming to the realization that substance abuse problems don’t just revolve around alcohol and marijuana. Everyday decisions made by young adults surrounding the choice as to whether to use or not can have fatal consequences and can lead to broken lives and shattered futures. 

Stairway to Heroin: 5 Pillar Approach

We have identified five pillars which we believe are necessary for developing successful, community-wide educational events in relation to substance abuse education and prevention.  

·       Parents:  Prevention begins with parents.  Parents are still the most powerful influence in their children’s lives.  Children who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are 50% less likely to use than those who don’t. 

·       Prevention:  Community-wide educational events, school presentations, in-service trainings, and classes for families

·       Providers:  Prevention education, access to counseling and treatment, student assistance programs, partners with school districts

·       Partnerships:  Building relationships with community groups, service organizations, law enforcement and local businesses

·       Promotion: Enlisting the support of your community members, local media, law enforcement, first responders, school staff, students and parents  

If you are interested in booking a Stairway to Heroin event, please contact us.

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