Orange County Health Care Agency

Not Your Typical Drug Ads

Like much of the country, Orange County, California is battling an opioid epidemic, with alarming numbers of residents overdosing and dying each year as a result of taking prescription painkillers. So we decided to combat these drugs directly, with an opioid misuse prevention campaign designed to look and sound just like the countless pharmaceutical ads our audience was already familiar with. By turning the clichéd positive imagery and language from pro-drug commercials on its head, this campaign is making people think completely differently about what they should do when they receive an opioid prescription from their doctor.

Shift perceptions among non-Hispanic white males age 45–54 from thinking that prescription painkiller addiction “couldn’t happen to me” to realizing that “anyone can suffer from the consequences of opioid addiction, so it’s good that there are alternative ways to reduce pain.”

Within the first month of the launch, the campaign site drew 2,000 new visitors. Social media videos accounted for 53% of traffic, with 20% coming directly, and Google Search providing 15%. 

And site traffic continues to increase. After three months, the site had garnered 20,484 unique users, with an average bounce rate of only 46.81%, average pages per session of 3.06 from organic Google traffic, and average time spent on the “Help & Resources” page of 1:45.

Cable TV, print, social and digital, community outreach tool kits, campaign microsite


As we charter through life, it can be extremely easy to get caught up in our own endeavors. At times, I find myself so focused on my day-to-day responsibilities I lose perspective on what is truly important. Serving others. Serving my family, friends, and community is the epitome of Doing A World of Good. My encouragement to anyone reading this is to live with the understanding that each person you meet has significant value. With that appreciation, by default, you begin to act more out of kindness, compassion, and selflessness which leads to Doing A World of Good.