A five-year, $1.12 million state grant to fight opioid overdose deaths in Waukesha County was announced Monday, May 15, along with a four-point plan to reduce drug use that officials say has reached epidemic proportions.
Authorities plan to conduct free training programs on administering the opiate reversal agent Naloxone and distributing free kits containing the agent, also known as Narcan.
Additional components of the plan call for identifying areas where drug use is likely, overdose prevention sessions and contact for treatment and support by county crisis workers.
State Attorney General Brad Schimel told several dozen supporters of the program that it brings together resources from law enforcement, human services, public health and private social service agencies and the medical community to fight opioid abuse.
"We need all of these pieces of the system to come together for a common cause," he said. "We are not going to arrest our way out of it."
Education and training components of the plan start at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the Waukesha County Technical College Richard T. Anderson Education Center, 800 Main St., village of Pewaukee.
The family education program will illustrate the signs of drug use and overdose. Training on the use of Naloxone and free kits after training will be available.
From 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 21, free Naloxone training and kits will be available at the Third Annual Jump for Archie. The family-education event at the Oconomowoc City Beach Bandshell will feature music provided by Schimel's rock band, 4 on the Floor.
Naloxone training and free kits also will be available at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at the Waukesha Alano Club, 318 Broadway. Subsequent training will occur on the first Thursday of every month.