DSHS Opioid Prevention Campaign
“It begins with just one step. One act of courage. One honest conversation. When it comes to preventing opioid misuse, the one who can make a difference is you.”
THAT’S THE CAMPAIGN THEME we developed alongside the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services for our state’s first-ever opioid misuse and abuse prevention campaign.
The campaign was built on extensive best practice research in social marketing and behavior change. The crux of it? Scare tactics receive attention, but do not lead to long-term behavior change. Instead, we built a campaign that used empowering messages and showcases positive behaviors around opioid use, storage and disposal.
Young Adult Radio Spot
Parent & Older Adult Radio Spot
Understanding the Issue
To understand the breadth of the issue specific to three distinct audiences in Washington State, we conducted interviews and focus groups with individuals from each target audience as well as individuals who work with these key audiences around similar issues. We uncovered existing awareness levels and perceptions, as well as tested messages and campaign brand concepts.
Building a Campaign
We’ve focused our efforts on three key focus areas for getting the message out:
- Paid media (TV, radio, outdoor and digital) to reach targeted demographics with campaign messages and public service announcements.
- Earned media to educate target audiences through news channels.
- Activating a partner program by providing tools to prevention and treatment partners, agencies, non-profits, associations, universities and others for communicating to their audiences across the state.
To promote this campaign, we built an accessible and customizable partner toolkit for partners across the state to download and use in their own communications programs.
Washington is one of the first states to tackle the opioid crisis with a comprehensive campaign that activates partners in every corner of the state. We’re excited to report results as we proceed through the year, but with almost 100 downloads of the partner toolkit in the campaigns’ first three weeks, Washington is off to a great start.