SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a light on opioid overdoses, as deaths have increased in Illinois.
PHILADELPHIA — In the first three months of 2020, fatal drug overdoses nationwide rose by about 16%, compared with the same period a year before, new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.
CHICAGO — Sweating in the heat of a late afternoon sun, Brandi biked up to a mobile drug treatment van in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood and asked for an assortment of needles.
MILWAUKEE — The first drug overdose victim in May was just 21 years old.A mixed-race female, she died from a combination of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid; tramadol, a painkiller; and the designer drug Flualprazolam.Over the course of the next six days, there would be 16 more cases similar to …
WEST BEND — The social and economic costs of the opioid crisis are too immense to ignore, Circuit Court Judge Todd Martens said, which is why he decided to be the presiding judge over Washington County’s drug court cases. While it will not completely solve the problem, he said, having an alt…
JACKSON — Almost everyone has either personally suffered from addiction or knows another who has, so one heroin survivor is speaking up about the crippling power of addiction and how a local nonprofit saved her life.After a decade of a traumatic relationship with heroin, it holds no control …
WEST BEND – Three southeastern Wisconsin counties, Washington, Waukesha and Milwaukee counties, will share in almost $2.1 million in grant money from the U.S. Department of Justice to help fight the ongoing opioid crisis.
WEST BEND — Almost 50 additional patients can receive opioid-related treatment next year and services will be expanding throughout Washington County, thanks to a state grant. The Human Services Department has been awarded the $293,000 grant through the State Opioid Response (SOR).
KEWASKUM — A student anti-drug campaign was presented to the Board of Education and community members Monday evening during a regularly scheduled board meeting.
WEST BEND — Each agency has its role in addressing methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine and other drugs that persist and arguably grow in Washington County, some preventative and others more reactionary. With nonprofits like Elevate working on prevention, law enforcement ideally has fewer inci…
JACKSON — The Washington County Heroin Task Force and Elevate are hosting a roundtable breakfast discussion on tackling the opioid epidemic, with key actors from county agencies.
WAUKESHA — An expanded fight against opioid abuse with an emphasis on women will launch in Waukesha County based on the success of its prescription drug overdose program, which has saved 88 lives since its inception in 2017.
WAUKESHA — A new Waukesha County-sponsored treatment center for chemically dependent men and women and a separate initiative to fight opioid use in the City of Pewaukee were approved Tuesday by the Waukesha County Board of Supervisors.
CITY OF PEWAUKEE — The City of Pewaukee is hoping to fund a sheriff’s deputy for the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department’s metro drug unit to combat the presence of opioids both in the community and the county, said City of Pewaukee Mayor Steve Bierce.
WAUKESHA — An ongoing shortage of foster homes, coupled with the continued challenges posed by the opioid crisis, had led to an increasing number of Waukesha County siblings being separated while in foster care, Waukesha County Health and Human Services officials say.
Community donations to a drug treatment program have a much greater impact than helping pay the bills, said Mary Simon, executive director of Elevate, Inc.
WAUKESHA — A proposed $1.2 million collaboration between Waukesha County and a nonprofit agency could provide to chemically dependent men and women a long-term, medical treatment and rehabilitation center known as a residential care facility.
WEST BEND — Given the persistent issue of opioids in the area, Washington County officials have partnered with representatives from Elevate Inc. and the justice system to offer a treatment alternatives and diversion program to address the matter.
WEST BEND — Geena Laabs, without the presence of her attorney, sat at the defendant’s table Wednesday in one of the courtrooms of the Washington County Courthouse.
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