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Our nation is in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis. As a response, the DEA 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through law enforcement, diversion control and community outreach.


Prevent Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse

 

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Milwaukee 360 PSA (2016)

Milwaukee County had 255 drug-related deaths in 2015* (Source: Milwaukee County Medical Examiner) Watch.

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911 Public Service Announcement

Every 20 minutes in the United States someone loses their battle with drug addiction. In this audio, taken from an actual 911 call, a distaught mother found her son passed out after an apparent drug overdose. Watch.

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Classroom Resources for Educators

The DEA and Discovery Education have teamed up to launch Operation Prevention, a program geared towards fighting opioid misuse among young people. Their site includes interactive K-12 lessons, virtual field trips, resources for parents and more. Go to Operation Prevention's website.

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How Much Do You Know?

Test your knowledge about opioids by taking this quiz.

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High levels of Controlled Prescription Drug (CPD) abuse are contributing to increased heroin use.

Increased demand for, and use of, heroin is being driven by both increasing availability of heroin in the U.S. market and by some controlled prescription drug (CPD) abusers using heroin.  After the 2010 reformulation of the commonly abused prescription opioid OxyContin®, which made it difficult to inhale or inject, some people who abused OxyContin® migrated to heroin for access to a potent injectable drug. This phenomenon is contributing to the increase in heroin use in the United States.[1]

Like much of the nation, Wisconsin continues to battle a heroin and opiate epidemic.  Milwaukee County alone has seen a 495% increase in heroin related deaths between 2005 - 2014[2].  The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office reported that a record high 255 people died in Milwaukee County of drug overdoses in 2015, an increase of 53% from 2012[3].

 

[1](U) U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, DEA Intelligence Report, National Heroin Threat Assessment Summary; April 2015.

[3] Crocker Stephenson ,  “Fentanyl-related deaths spike to 30 in Milwaukee County in 2016”, Journal Sentinel, jsonline.com,  April 7,2016.  http://www.jsonline.com/news/health/fentanyl-related-deaths-spike-to-30-in-milwaukee-county-in-16-b99701948z1-374873441.html

THE FACTS

 

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    HEROIN ABUSE:

    • The vast majority of teens do not use heroin. In a 2018 national survey, only 0.4% of 12th graders used heroin in the past year.[1] 
    • 96.4 percent of 12th graders disapprove of taking heroin occasionally.[1]
    • About 165,000 young people between 18 to 25 reported having a heroin use disorder in the past year.[2]
       
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    PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE:

    • Prescription opioid analgesics, specifically those containing oxycodone and hydrocodone, are the most common types of prescription drugs that are diverted for misuse and abused.
    • Each day in the United States, over 192 people die as a result of a drug overdose.[3] 
    • In 2017, an estimated 3.2 million people (aged 12 or older) reported current misuse of pain relievers.[4]  
    • 53% of nonmedical users (12 years or older) reported receiving the prescription drugs they most recently used “from a friend or relative for free.”[5] 
       
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    FENTANYL:

    • Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine.
    • Drug deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (which includes fentanyl) increased almost 47% from 2016 to 2017.[6]
       
       
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    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SCIENCE OF ADDICTION

    Explore common misconceptions about opioids through the voices of teens. Go to Operation Prevention.


    1 Source: University of Michigan, 2018 Monitoring the Future Study. View source here.

    2 Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018.  View source here.

    3 Source: Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2013–2017. View source here.

    4 Source: Prescription Drug Use and Misuse in the United States: Results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, September 2018.  View source here.

    5 Source: Rudd RA, Seth P, David F, Scholl L. Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2010–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. ePub: 16 December 2016. View source here.

    6 Source: “Fentanyl: Illicitly-made fentanyl use is on the rise." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. View source here.

    TRUE STORY: TYLER LYBERT, HARTLAND, WI, 29 HEROIN

    I chose the wrong path with drugs and alcohol and now that I am in recovery I have to deal with the choices that I made while using every day for the rest of my life. I destroyed my family, friends and my life. I have been in jail many times, had thousands of dollars in fines, inpatient rehab, car crashes and watched my friends die. If only I had chosen not to take the first drink or drug, my life would be totally different. My advice is not to let other people make choices for you. Life is so much better without drugs and alcohol. Read more.

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    Find Treatment

    More people seek treatment for heroin use than for any other illicit drug, except marijuana.

    The decline in the number of treatment admissions to publicly funded facilities for abuse of controlled prescription drugs (CPD) can likely be attributed to the increase of (CPD) abusers using heroin. Many abusers, when unable to obtain or afford CPDs, begin using heroin, a cheaper alternative that offers similar physiological effects.

    Medications are available to treat heroin addiction while reducing drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms, improving the odds of achieving abstinence. There are now a variety of medications that can be tailored to a person’s recovery needs while taking into account co-occurring health conditions.  

    Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), Research Report Series:  Heroin, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services | National Institutes of Health

     

    Find substance abuse treatment facilities in your area.  

    Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks 

    Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today’s veterans, and improve the quality of life.

    Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

    Today, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee is the largest youth-serving agency in the city. Every day, an average of 5,000 of Milwaukee’s youth stream through the doors of a Boys & Girls Club and participates in academic and recreational programming. We provide safety and support during critical hours of the day as well as meals, strong role models, organized athletics and access to the arts. At the Clubs, there’s a way for every kid to get involved and learn something new. Our vision is to build the community’s social and economic fabric by ensuring the academic and career success of every member that walks through our doors. We achieve this by providing more impactful programs that appeal to our members, strengthen their academic performance, build character, encourage healthy lifestyles and meet the basic needs of Milwaukee’s youth.

    CAARRE (Cops Assisting Addiction Recovery) 

    The Greenfield Police Department believes traditional police practices have had little to no affect on this problem that is facing our community. Because of this, the CAARE (Cops Assisting Addiction Recovery) program was created. As the Greenfield Police Department continues to strive to reduce the availability of illicit opiate drugs in our community, we have now forged partnerships with numerous local social service agencies to work collaboratively on intervention and the treatment of opiate abuse. 

    Community Advocates Public Policy Institute 

    The Community Advocates’ Public Policy Institute works to promote and implement evidence-based policies that will prevent and reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for individuals and families in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.  PPI targets poverty in a number of ways – we try to reduce it through changes to relevant public policies and laws; we try to prevent its effects through public health efforts; and we work to increase opportunity and wellness for low-income people by fostering factors related to success, resilience and well-being. In addition to our Milwaukee work, many of our programs are also regional, statewide and national in scope.

    Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) 

    CADCA is the premier membership organization representing those working to make their communities safe, healthy and drug-free.

    DEA Youth Dance Program

    The DEA Youth Dance Program was established to empower kids by providing a free and positive afterschool alternative to drugs through the fun, healthy, and expressive art form of dance.

    Department of Justice - Violence Reduction Network

    Public Safety Partnership provides an innovative framework for DOJ to enhance its support of state, tribal, and local law enforcement officers and prosecutors in the investigation, prosecution, and deterrence of violent crime, especially crime related to gun violence, gangs, and drug trafficking. This approach serves as a platform for DOJ to directly engage with cities to identify and prioritize resources that will help local communities address their violent crime crises.

    Fighting Back Program/ Jewish Family Services

    The mission of Jewish Family Services is to provide supportive services that will strengthen families, children and individuals throughout the life cycle within the context of their unique needs and traditions.

    Focus on Community Racine’s Substance Abuse Prevention Agency

    We at Focus are constantly working to implement some of the best programs available as well as develop new ways to serve the community.  Prevention is paramount to the success of our community, as substance abuse is a key risk factor in many of the issues we face.

    HHS - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

    IMPACT 

    IMPACT is a dependable community resource for anyone concerned about themselves or a loved one. Our alcohol and drug abuse professionals help identify if a substance abuse problem exists; assess the severity; assemble a plan of action; and connect you with appropriate resources. Because IMPACT does not provide treatment services, and is not affiliated with any health care provider, determinations are based solely on the needs of the individual. Every person who comes into contact with IMPACT is treated with respect, and receives the motivation and means to achieve positive, sustained change. For more information or to access services, visit www.impactinc.org or simply dial 2-1-1.

    Medical Society of Milwaukee County 

    A Legacy of Leadership and Innovation:  Established in 1846, the Medical Society of Milwaukee County is an organization of 3,500 physicians and medical students that provides leadership on critical health issues, such as prescription drug safety, to improve the overall health status of the community. We believe physicians have a profound impact on our community, inspiring hope and healing. The Medical Society is powered by the wisdom and expertise of its physician members, and compelled by the needs of the community. 

    Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

    Mission

    The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division through early assessment and intervention promotes hope for individuals and their families through innovative recovery programs in behavioral health wellness, recovery, research and education.

     Vision

    The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, through fostering strategic community partnerships, will become an Integrated Behavioral Health System providing a dynamic, and comprehensive array of services, including community based, emergency, and acute services, to meet the behavioral health care needs of individuals and families.

    Milwaukee County Office of Emergency Management 

    OEM is in the business of urban resiliency, the protection of lives and property through exacting communications to decision-makers and through the total coordination of resources, on-location and on-time.

    Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition 

    MCSAP addresses policies, practices and programs in our two current priority areas: preventing marijuana use and prescription drug misuse among youth.

    Milwaukee Health Department 

    The City of Milwaukee Health Department proudly serves as Wisconsin’s largest local public health agency. Our mission is to ensure that services are available to enhance the health of individuals and families, promote healthy neighborhoods, and safeguard the health of the Milwaukee community.

    Milwaukee Police Department 

    Vision:  A Milwaukee where all can live safely and without fear, protected by a police department with the highest ethical and professional standards.

    Mission:  In partnership with the community, we will create and maintain neighborhoods capable of sustaining civic life. We commit to reducing the levels of crime, fear, and disorder through community-based, problem-oriented, and data-driven policing. 

     

    Partnership for Drug-Free Kids 

    Drug-Free Kids is committed to helping families struggling with their son’s or daughter’s substance use.

    Safe & Sound 

    Safe & Sound is a nonprofit that has served Milwaukee neighborhoods since 1998. Our mission is to unite residents, youth, law enforcement and community resources to build safe and empowered neighborhoods. With a three-pronged approach that combines community organizing, law enforcement and youth development, Safe & Sound facilitates resident engagement and collaboration around public safety.

    West Allis West Milwaukee Community Coalition 

    Vision: To improve the quality of life for the citizens of the city of West Allis and the village of West Milwaukee.

    Starting Point 

    Starting Point builds healthy communities by empowering individuals and families through innovative substance abuse prevention and intervention resources.  Additionally, Starting Point is actively involved in leading the Ozaukee County Heroin Task Force and helps those individuals in early recovery from their addictions by providing a sober housing environment through our Healing Point House. 

    West Milwaukee Police Department (WMPD) 

    The Primary Mission of the West Milwaukee Police Department (WMPD) includes the protection of life and property; resolution of conflict; creating and maintaining a feeling of security in the community; pro-actively reducing the opportunities for the commission of crime; identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders of the laws; and the preservation of peace.  We accept as part of our mission the responsibility to provide for a quality of life in our community.

    Westmoreland Drug & Alcohol Commission Inc. 

    The Mission of Westmoreland Drug and Alcohol Commission, Inc. is to enhance the quality of life for persons who have experienced problems related to their use or abuse of alcohol and/or drugs.

    Wisconsin Department of Justice (WDOJ) 

    The Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Brad Schimel, provides legal advice and representation, criminal investigations, and various law enforcement services for the State of Wisconsin and its state agencies. In his first year as attorney general, Schimel's office launched a statewide prescription painkiller abuse awareness campaign, "Dose of Reality," through collaborations with Wisconsin’s medical community and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. General Schimel also has directed the Wisconsin Department of Justice to provide statewide training for law enforcement related to heroin-trafficking and worked to more widely deploy the life-saving drug, Naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.

    Wisconsin High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area

    The Wisconsin HIDTA program is a part of the national HIDTA program.  HIDTA stands for “High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas” and is a federally funded program that supports and encourages federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to work together in multi-jurisdictional task forces in order to target, disrupt and/or dismantle drug trafficking organizations responsible for identified drug threats in HIDTA designated regions.

    Wisconsin Medical Society 

    Mission: Improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting and strengthening physicians' ability to practice high-quality patient care in a changing environment.

    Young Marines

    The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America’s youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. 

    Below is a list of Local and State organizations that provide services to the public regarding addiction, community empowerment, drug education and prevention, drug take-back programs, recovery, and overall health and wellness. 

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    Black Arts Think Tank (BATT)

    Black Arts Think Tank (BATT) supports Ko-Thi Dance Company and African American Children’s Theatre - two of Wisconsin’s oldest African American arts treasures offering 80 years of dance, music, theater performances and youth arts education. Our mission is to continue building strong, sustainable arts organizations that preserve and promote the history and culture of the African diaspora and inspire creativity in future generations. We’re committed to exposing diverse audiences to cultural programming. Each year, we engage thousands of underserved school children, youth, families, and audiences through main stage performances, educational outreach, special events and community collaborative partnerships.  Black Arts Think Tank is co-producer of Black Nativity by Langston Hughes – a new holiday musical tradition in Milwaukee.

    Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee

    Today, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee is the largest youth-serving agency in the city. Every day, an average of 5,000 of Milwaukee’s youth stream through the doors of a Boys & Girls Club and participates in academic and recreational programming. We provide safety and support during critical hours of the day as well as meals, strong role models, organized athletics and access to the arts. At the Clubs, there’s a way for every kid to get involved and learn something new. Our vision is to build the community’s social and economic fabric by ensuring the academic and career success of every member that walks through our doors. We achieve this by providing more impactful programs that appeal to our members, strengthen their academic performance, build character, encourage healthy lifestyles and meet the basic needs of Milwaukee’s youth.

    Elevate Community Resource Center

    The Elevate Community Resource Center is focused on empowering individuals and enhancing local communities. Centrally located in Jackson, Wisconsin, it provides support and assistance to individuals of all ages and is the fiscal agent for the Washington County Heroin Task Force.   The Task Force understands and addresses the local problem in a strategic and preventative manner. This collaborative effort educates community members including law enforcement, elected officials, health care professionals, county agencies and community members. Initial meetings allowed countywide representatives to share information describing the effects of prescription drug and heroin abuse on impacted systems and on affected individuals and families.

    IMPACT

    IMPACT is a dependable community resource for anyone concerned about themselves or a loved one. Our alcohol and drug abuse professionals help identify if a substance abuse problem exists; assess the severity; assemble a plan of action; and connect you with appropriate resources. Because IMPACT does not provide treatment services, and is not affiliated with any health care provider, determinations are based solely on the needs of the individual. Every person who comes into contact with IMPACT is treated with respect, and receives the motivation and means to achieve positive, sustained change. For more information or to access services, visit www.impactinc.org or simply dial 2-1-1.

    Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

    Mission:  The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division through early assessment and intervention promotes hope for individuals and their families through innovative recovery programs in behavioral health wellness, recovery, research and education.

    Vision:  The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, through fostering strategic community partnerships, will become an Integrated Behavioral Health System providing a dynamic, and comprehensive array of services, including community based, emergency, and acute services, to meet the behavioral health care needs of individuals and families.

     

    Community Access to Recovery Services (CARS) — a branch of the Behavioral Health Division — provides a full array of supportive, recovery-oriented services for persons with severe and persistent mental illness and/or issues with alcohol or other drug abuse. CARS serves over 10,000 Milwaukee County residents each year through its Mental Health Services and WIser Choice programs, which work together to ensure that individuals receive trustworthy, high quality, reliable services for mental health and/or AODA needs.

    (WIser) Choice is Milwaukee County’s public alcohol and drug treatment and recovery service system. Partnerships with community partners have expanded the choice of providers for clinical treatment and recovery support services for eligible individuals. WIser Choice is open to County residents ages 18-59 with a history of alcohol or drug use, with priority given to families with children and pregnant women (regardless of age).

     

    Milwaukee Police Department

    Vision:  A Milwaukee where all can live safely and without fear, protected by a police department with the highest ethical and professional standards.

    Mission:  In partnership with the community, we will create and maintain neighborhoods capable of sustaining civic life. We commit to reducing the levels of crime, fear, and disorder through community-based, problem-oriented, and data-driven policing. 

    Starting Point

    Starting Point builds healthy communities by empowering individuals and families through innovative substance abuse prevention and intervention resources.  Additionally, Starting Point is actively involved in leading the Ozaukee County Heroin Task Force and helps those individuals in early recovery from their addictions by providing a sober housing environment through our Healing Point House. 

    West Milwaukee Police Department (WMPD)

    The Primary Mission of the West Milwaukee Police Department (WMPD) includes the protection of life and property; resolution of conflict; creating and maintaining a feeling of security in the community; pro-actively reducing the opportunities for the commission of crime; identification, apprehension and prosecution of offenders of the laws; and the preservation of peace.  We accept as part of our mission the responsibility to provide for a quality of life in our community.

     


     

    State

    AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

    The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin is at the forefront of HIV prevention, care and treatment and is dedicated to providing quality medical, dental, mental health and social services for all people with HIV. Among the many prevention programs, LifePoint Needle Exchange is harm-reduction oriented program that provides needle exchange services, opiate overdose prevention trainings, HIV and Hepatitis C testing, and other resources as needed to thousands of people across the state. 

    Wisconsin Department of Justice (WDOJ)

    The Wisconsin Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Brad Schimel, provides legal advice and representation, criminal investigations, and various law enforcement services for the State of Wisconsin and its state agencies. In his first year as attorney general, Schimel's office launched a statewide prescription painkiller abuse awareness campaign, "Dose of Reality," through collaborations with Wisconsin’s medical community and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. General Schimel also has directed the Wisconsin Department of Justice to provide statewide training for law enforcement related to heroin-trafficking and worked to more widely deploy the life-saving drug, Naloxone, which reverses the effects of an opiate overdose.

    If you want to get involved in the DEA 360 Strategy you can start by educating yourself on the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic that is spreading in Milwaukee, and then share what you have learned with your family, friends, community, neighbors, etc.


    Join a coalition or volunteer with a partnering organization. 


    Start a coalition in your community.


    Properly dispose of prescription drugs. 

    If you have prescription drugs that have expired or you no longer need you can deposit them into prescription drop-off boxes located in your community

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