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Heroin/Opiates Initiative



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 The Zilber Foundation, Milwaukee County, and the City of Milwaukee Health Department and Department of Administration, Alderman Michael Murhpy continues this initiative in response to the growing problem of heroin and opiate addication 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 that working together, we can tackle substance abuse in the SE Wisconsin Region, including Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Racine, and Washington Counties. 

NEW: Read the final report of the City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force

The final report of the City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force has been released (November 30, 2018) and includes an attack plan to end the heroin, opioid and cocaine epidemic that has spread across Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and the region. The solutions offered include a detailed list of recommendations, ongoing prevention initiatives, and community resources including overdose emergency management guides and trauma response team handouts.

Read the multifaceted initial report of the City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force

On behalf of the City-County Heroin, Opiooid, and Cocaine Task Force we present to you the initial work plan generated by the Task Force to turn the tide against a wave of overdoses and substance abuse in our community.

Alderman Murphy's Office Releases Report on Heroin in Milwaukee

After much digging into the numbers as to what is actually happening on the ground with heroin addiction and overdose in the City of Milwaukee, Alderman Murphy's office has produced a comprehensive report with some surprising results.  Click the links below to see the report and accompanying press release.

Report & Release

2014 SE Wisconsin Heroin/Opiates Symposium

This symposium engaged participants in a thoughtful, honest dialogue to develop comprehensive, community-based solutions for 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.


You can view the symposium in its entirity by watching the following videos:


Part I: Heroin 101

Part II: Heroin 102

Part III: Strategies for Success

Part IV: Prevention and Education





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