Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow proclaimed Thursday, August 31 2017 Overdose Awareness Day in Waukesha County to raise awareness that the tragedy of overdose death is preventable. The proclamation, made at a news conference this morning, coincides with International Overdose Awareness Day. At the event, 60 butterflies were released to represent the 60 confirmed drug-related deaths in Waukesha County last year.
“The opioid crisis is very real and it affects everyone, which is why I am making fighting this crisis a priority,” said Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow. “The biggest part of my 2018 budget is dedicated to public safety, which includes a boost to the Sheriff’s Department’s budget, and combines county funds with federal grants to stop the opioid crisis in its tracks.”
53 of Waukesha County’s 60 confirmed drug-related deaths in 2016 are opioid-related. The County is using multiple tactics to fight the opioid crisis, including leveraging newly awarded funds from a State Targeted Response (STR) to the Opioid Crisis grant to increase access to treatment, reduce unmet treatment need, and reduce opioid overdose-related deaths. The STR grant is in addition to Waukesha County’s participation in the Wisconsin Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths Prevention Project (WI-PDO), announced in May.
Prevention and Awareness Vigil Tonight
Tonight, the Harm Reduction Pillar of the Waukesha County Heroin and Other Illicit Drug Task Force will hold a prevention and remembrance event and vigil to further commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day in Waukesha County. More information is available at www.waukeshacounty.gov/overdoseprevention.
About International Overdose Awareness Day
International Overdose Awareness Day is committed to providing a platform to acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one to overdose. More information is available at www.overdoseday.com.