Waukesha County

 

     

FREE Naloxone Training (Video on Administration - Click Here)

Trainings are held in-person with virtual options available. The training objective is to learn how to identify an opioid overdose and administer naloxone, which could save a life or reverse an overdose. Naloxone kits are offered (FREE) to everyone who particiapates in the training. Click here to view the training dates and events calendar. 

Fentanyl Test Strips

Fentanyl test strips are a form of drug testing technology which have shown to be effective at detecting the presence of fentanyl in drug samples prior to use. You can get them at: 

Addiction Resource Council  (Pewaukee) 262-524-7921

Vivent Health (Mobile Service) 414-273-1991



SAVE LIVES AND HOST AN OAK BOX!

What are Overdose Aid Kits?
Overdose Aid Kits (OAKs) are boxes that contain: 
- Naloxone nasal spray (brand name 
- NARCAN®)
- A breathing mask and gloves
- Drug administration instructions
- Fentanyl testing strips
- Information about resources for treatment and recovery support
- Waukesha County partner information
- SAMSHA hotline information

PARTNERS WANTED:

Local Businesses | Nonprofits | Schools  |  Government Agencies  |  Law Enforcement

REQUEST AN OAK BOX:

(262) 896-8061
overdoseprevention@waukeshacounty.gov

WHAT IS NALOXONE? 

A medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. It is safe for all, including children, pregnant women, and pets. Has no effect on someone who has not taken opioids. Has no potential for abuse. Has minimal to no side effects. Wears off in 30-90 minutes.

Over the last year, synthetic opioids, primarily fentanyl, were identified in 87% of opioid overdose deaths in Waukesha County and 73% of all drug overdose deaths in Wisconsin.  The sharp increase in overdose deaths is not only impacting those who use opioids. Cocaine deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 134% from 2019 (182) to 2021 (426), and it is estimated that as many as 40% of counterfeit pills contain enough fentanyl to be lethal.

Waukesha County declares Fentanyl a Community Health Crisis on August 1, 2022
Read Declaration HERE
Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times more powerful than morphine, is fueling overdose deaths across the US and Wisconsin.
 Because of the declaration, the county will: 
  • Distribute opioid settlement money, in partnership with the County Board, to support Narcan training, the District Attorney’s pre-trial diversion programming, and other related purposes.
  • Implement the Overdose Fatality Review (OFR) initiatives, in partnership with public and private entities and surrounding counties to share data and best practices.
  • Launch a local public information initiative utilizing the US Drug Enforcement Administration’s ‘One Pill Can Kill' initiative. Current Campaign partners: SOFA, Inc; Love, Logan Foundation; Waukesha County Sheriff's Office; Waukesha County Medical Examiner's Office; and the Waukesha County Heroin Task Force.
  • Create a set of measurable objectives to track the county’s efforts in the fight against fentanyl that will be evaluated on a quarterly basis.  

Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) Issues Public Health Advisory to Warn of the Risks of Death from Drugs Laced with Fentanyl (August 17, 2022)
Read more HERE.

 
Waukesha County began its focus in earnest in 2017
Since May 2017, Waukesha County has been committed to strategies to reduce the number of opioid overdose deaths in the county:
  • Scan the county to identify risk and protective factors for all county residents
  • Offer free trainings open to all county residents on the administration of naloxone, a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose
  • Distribute free kits containing naloxone to county residents who express interest
  • Provide opiate overdose prevention education sessions in the county
  • Reach out to opioid users who have experienced an overdose and provide support through the county crisis system

This work to prevent prescription drug/opioid overdose related deaths is funded by a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services with funds provided by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The current state of misuse and abuse of opiods is a public health crisis in Wisconsin. Read a "Dose of Reality: Opioids in Wisconsin" from the WI Dept of Health Services HERE.

To learn more about services for Alcohol and Other Substances from Waukesha County Health & Human Services, click HERE.

If you or someone you know has experienced an opiate overdose and would like to be contacted about opiate overdose prevention education please contact (262)896-8061.