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Our nation is in the midst of an opioid addiction crisis. As a response, the DEA 360 Strategy takes an innovative three-pronged approach to combating heroin/opioid use through law enforcement, diversion control and community outreach.

Prevent Prescription Drug and Heroin Abuse

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Milwaukee 360 PSA (2016)

Milwaukee County had 255 drug-related deaths in 2015* (Source: Milwaukee County Medical Examiner) Watch.

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911 Public Service Announcement

Every 20 minutes in the United States someone loses their battle with drug addiction. In this audio, taken from an actual 911 call, a distaught mother found her son passed out after an apparent drug overdose. Watch.

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Classroom Resources for Educators

The DEA and Discovery Education have teamed up to launch Operation Prevention, a program geared towards fighting opioid misuse among young people. Their site includes interactive K-12 lessons, virtual field trips, resources for parents and more. Go to Operation Prevention's website.

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How Much Do You Know?

Test your knowledge about opioids by taking this quiz.

 

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NEWS

Narcan available at more than 8,000 Walgreens locations nationwide

(CBS News, October 26)  Narcan, a nasal spray form of naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses, will now be a little easier to get. Read more.

10K times more potent than morphine: First carfentanil death confirmed in Wisconsin

(Fox 6 News, April 17) The Milwaukee County medical examiner confirmed Wisconsin's first carfentanil death on Monday morning, April 17th. Read more.

The Son of Milwaukee Medical Examiner Dies of Drug Overdose

(Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel September 15) While homicides, motor vehicle and infant sleep-related deaths have loomed large in the news, Milwaukee's chief medical examiner said, at a round-table discussion about the opioid epidemic sponsored by Senator Ron Johnson, that when all three are added together "that's less than the number of overdoses we've had."  READ MORE

Heroin suspected in 20 deaths in 2 weeks

(Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel August 12) Twenty people died of probable heroin overdoses in Milwaukee County in the past two weeks, a toll the county medical examiner's office called "unprecedented."   READ MORE

Pain doctor, 'OxyCzar' assistant indicted over 'pill mill'

(Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel June 24)The office manager at a Wauwatosa clinic described herself as the 'OxyCzar' and handed out huge prescriptions for powerful painkillers to people paying cash, according to federal court documents.  READ MORE

Manitowoc Doctor Indicted On Drug Trafficking Charges

(ABC 2 WBAY.com June 23) A federal grand jury returned an indictment with 19 counts of drug trafficking against Dr. Charles Szyman who “knowingly and unlawfully distributed a controlled substance outside of his professional practice, and not for legitimate medical purpose.”  READ MORE