By Edgar Mendez
Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service
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Tragically, drug overdose deaths continue to rise in Milwaukee County.
As of Wednesday, there had been 119 confirmed drug overdose deaths, with 80 probable overdose deaths pending toxicology reports, according to Karen Domagalski, operations manager for the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.
Through April 13, 2021, there have been 149 drug overdose deaths and a record 644 drug overdose deaths occurred in Milwaukee County in 2021, with one case still outstanding.
While this data paints a grim picture, a number of individuals and organizations are working to help prevent these tragedies.
Below is a comprehensive list of local resources available to people seeking help for themselves or loved ones. If you know of resources that should be added to the list, please email us or leave a comment.
Risk reduction resources
Narcan, the brand name for naloxone, is a key tool used to reduce drug overdose deaths. The drug, which can be given by different methods including a spray or injection, quickly reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. Fentanyl test strips are used to detect the presence of fentanyl, which can kill in trace amounts, in unregulated drugs.
MKE Overdose Prevention provides training and free Narcan supplies to the community. He holds Narcan training the first Tuesday of every month at the Daily Bird, a coffee shop at 818 E. Center St. in Riverwest, and plans additional training around town. Email it with questions, to schedule Narcan training for your community or business, or to arrange to pick up free Narcan supplies at Hope House in Milwaukee.
UMOS, located at 2701 S. Chase Ave., offers harm reduction services including HIV testing, STI testing, condom distribution, and needle exchange and collection services. It also provides pre-treatment services, facilitates access to drug treatment, and provides training and distribution of naloxone. UMOS is open without an appointment (supplies and tests) on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or you can make an appointment. It also offers mobile services from Monday to Thursday. You can contact UMOS at 414-389-6000.
The Vivient Health Lifepoint Program partners with Milwaukee County to provide test strips, Narcan, and safe injection supplies (needle exchange services) to anyone who needs them. He can be reached online or by calling 1-800-359-9272.
Through the MKE Heroin Diaries Facebook page, you can access free naloxone training, Narcan and fentanyl test strips, and literature on cocaine, heroin, and other opioids.
The organizers also come to the aid of people suffering from addictions by offering a warm relay to the treatment and by educational activities in the family, school, community or denominational environment.
The HAVOC team offers free training on naloxone and provides literature on cocaine, heroin and other opioids in addition to violence prevention services.
Local addiction treatment service providers
The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division offers several Community Access Points for Recovery Services, or CARS. Learn more about CARS services by visiting www.county.milwaukee.gov/BHD-CARS or by contacting one of the following centres.
CARS locations include:
• CARS at BHD, 9455 W. Watertown Plank Road. (414-257-8095)
• IMPACT, 6737 W. Washington St., Suite 2225 (414-649-4380)
• M&S Clinical Services, 2821 N. Vel R. Phillips Ave, Suite 210 (414-263-6000)
• CARS at Sirona Recovery/Formerly Justice Point, 205 W. Highland Ave. (414-278-2140)
• Wisconsin Community Services, 3732 W. Wisconsin Ave. (414-343-3569)
The county is also currently scrambling to find a reliable supplier for fentanyl test strips and is awaiting funding from the Opioid Settlement. According to Michael Lappen, administrator of the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, he will next partner with the Milwaukee Health Department in a community-wide distribution effort for the test strips. and Narcan.
Gateway to Change, located at 2319 W. Capitol Drive, provides addiction treatment services to adults in an outpatient setting. You can contact the organization by dialing 414-442-2033.
10th Street Comprehensive Treatment Center, 4800 S. 10th St., provides drug treatment for adults 18 and older with opioid use disorder. The center offers a number of drug treatment options including methadone, buprenorphine, Suboxone and naltrexone. You can reach him at 414-269-4335.
Samad’s House, 2875 N. 23rd St., is a women’s sober living center that offers substance abuse education classes, relapse prevention sessions, parenting classes , resolution courses through art therapy and other services. Samad’s House accepts personal referrals, referrals from drug rehabilitation centers and residential inpatient facilities. You can get more information by clicking here or by calling 414-312-7600 or emailing [email protected]
Rogers Behavioral Health is a provider of mental health care and addiction treatment for children and adults. Rogers offers different levels of care, including specialist inpatient, residential and outpatient care. Rogers has a location in Brown Deer and West Allis.
The West Milwaukee Comprehensive Treatment Center, 1610 Miller Park Way, offers drug treatment for adults 18 and older with opioid use disorder. The center offers a number of drug treatment options including methadone, buprenorphine, Suboxone and naltrexone. You can reach him at 414-939-7556.
The First Step Community Recovery Center, located at 2835 N. 32nd St., is home to Milwaukee County’s Secure Emergency Detox Program. Counselors, case managers, and counselors use cognition-based treatment methodologies to treat recovering men. You can reach him by phone at 414-342-5474 or by email at [email protected]
Meta House, an organization that works to end the generational cycle of addiction among women, provides residential and outpatient services. It also has a Recovery Community program that provides women with a safe, affordable, and supportive place to live. Its housing program has two components: one for single women and one for women with children.
To receive treatment services, you must be 18 years old. Call 414-977-5844 for residential program information, 414-962-1200 for outpatient program, or 414-977-5880 for Recovery Community (housing) information. You can also contact the admissions team at 414-977-5884 or [email protected]
West Allis Community Medical Services is a methadone clinic and treatment center located at 2814 S. 108th St. In addition to drug treatment, it also provides counseling, peer support services, and offers same-day treatment and walk-in services. You can also reach him by phone at 414-885-3525.
United Community Center’s Substance Abuse Treatment Program is the only bilingual/bicultural treatment program in the state that provides the full continuum of care to Spanish-speaking participants, although its programs are not limited to Spanish speakers. UCC services include residential treatment programs for men, women, and pregnant and postpartum women, as well as day and outpatient treatment and walk-in assessments. You can contact the organization online or by calling 414-384-3100.
South Sider Isaac Solis launched a One Pill Kills social media fentanyl awareness campaign and launched the 1pillkills.org website after losing his son Bubba to a fake fentanyl pill. The website and campaign provide local and national information about fentanyl and prevention strategies. You can also read more about fentanyl and counterfeit pills at https://www.dea.gov/onepill.
Milwaukee County launched an online dashboard in March that helps officials, community leaders, researchers and others track drug overdoses. The Milwaukee County Overdose Dashboard is also available for public use.