Addiction Prevention Recovery Coalition
To prevent, educate and bring awareness to the effects of substance abuse and addiction, and to support those affected by it.
A community free of substance abuse, addiction and the harms associated with it.
The Coalition was formed in fall of 2016. The most important strategy identified was to increase awareness of the issue of prescription drug abuse and overdose. Work and planning began to develop a presentation with the purpose of providing information and resources addressing addiction and treatment.
Chasing the Dragon
To spread interest about the issue, Human Concerns, the South Milwaukee Library, and First Congregational Church hosted viewings for the community of the documentary, Chasing the Dragon in January, 2017 (St. Luke’s UCC hosted an additional viewing in March). The Addiction Information and Resource Fair was held the following week, to coincide with Light and Unite Red, the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health’s event to bring awareness of drug abuse and Addiction.
The evening consisted of presentations from Dr. Michael McNett, Medical Director for Chronic Pain and a member of the Wisconsin Medical Society Opioid Subcommittee (You may access his PowerPoint presentation (PDF), the South Milwaukee Police Department, and, as a result of outreach by the coalition, a recovering South Milwaukee alumni was courageous and generous with his time to share his journey through addiction and recovery. The Coalition is planning future events and welcome your suggestions, comments or requests, you may submit them via email to the Health Department.
The event in January also included resources vendors. They are linked below. Also listed to the right are the written resource materials that the Coalition put together to provide to attendees.
For more information on disposal of medications, read the Sharps Disposal Program (PDF) or call the South Milwaukee Health Department 414-768-8055.
Need a Lock Box for your medications? Contact the Health Department to receive a free lock box while supplies last!