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Milwaukee unveils new program to help reduce overdose deaths

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee officials say they’re working on a plan to help stem the opioid crisis by making access to treatment easier and following up with people who have overdosed.

The Journal Sentinel reports that more specifics about the data-driven program will be outlined at a meeting on May 9. The effort is expected to roll out in June on Milwaukee’s south side.

Alderman Michael Murphy says there remains a stigma around addiction that enforces the idea that people should be able to pull themselves out of it. He says that has to change.
The program is dubbed the Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative. It’s being led by the Milwaukee Fire Department and Milwaukee Health Department.

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