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Substance Abuse and Injury Prevention

Public Health Alert:

Poisoning Linked to Synthetic Cannabinoid Use

If you have purchased any synthetic cannabinoids in the past month, DO NOT USE THEM!

Over recent years, overdose deaths have consistently surpassed investigations of homicide, motor vehicle accidents, and suicide. From January to May of 2018, 77 drug overdose incidences occurred that lead to death in the City of Milwaukee. Multiple drugs are found in the systems of these overdose deaths, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office data.

These deaths only illustrate one aspect of the effect the drug abuse epidemic has on the Milwaukee community. The resurgence of substance abuse-related problems increases emergency room visits, crime, homicides, high school dropouts, and loss of employment. It also takes a toll on children and families.

The City of Milwaukee Health Department is commitment to alleviating the burden caused by substance abuse by providing prevention education and resources.



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 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 New 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 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4