Alderman Murphy has committed to raising heroin addiction awareness in the city, because one important way the downward spiral of addication can be stopped is by friends and family members understanding the signs of addiction and knowing how to intervene on behalf of loved ones. To that end, multiple community events have already taken place, and more will be planned.
In partnership with the City of Milwaukee Health Department, The Zilber Foundation, and Milwaukee County, Alderman Michael Murhpy spearheaded this initiative in response to the growing problem of heroin and opiate addication in the Milwaukee area.
The symposium aimed to engage participants in a thoughtful, honest dialogue to develop comprehensive, community-based solutions to eliminating heroin and opiate abuse. This all-day interactive event brought together police, doctors, pharmacists, non-profit service groups, addicts, and government and academic institutions to share their experiences. As part of the event, attendees were asked to commit to one or more actions to help address the growing heroin/opiate addiction problem in the Milwaukee area.
Preventing and treating heroin and opiate addiction, as well as helping addicts recover from it, is a great challenge. We believe, working together, we can tackle substance abuse in the SE Wisconsin Region, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Racine, and Washington Counties.