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.  To spread interest about the issue, Human Concerns, the SM 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 WI Medical Society Opioid Subcommittee (You may access his powerpoint presentation here.), 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.  Please email us at: smhealthdepartment@gmail.com

If you are interested in viewing Chasing the Dragon, you may watch the youtube video of it here.

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.



If you’ve never been to the Wake Up Call Stairway to Heroin presentation, another opportunity is happening locally.  Parents can learn about what to look for in a teen’s bedroom that may indicate their child may be involved in alcohol or other drugs.

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