"If we don't work together, we're not going to solve this:" New four-step plan to fight the opioid crisis unveiled in Waukesha
A new attack launched today on a health crisis that's touched many lives in Wisconsin.
"This is happening in all types of homes."
That's the message Lauri McHugh Badura and officials across the state want to spread about the seriousness of the opioid crisis. Today marks exactly three years since Badura lost her son Alfie to a drug overdose.
"Heroin and opiates, it really owns you. The person that's in recovery and wants to be clean, sometimes the call of the drug, that I call a demon, takes over."
Today, the Waukesha Department of Health and Human Services kicked off a new four-step plan to fight the opioid crisis.
Officials want everyday people to be trained on how to use Narcan to reverse an overdose.
"85% of overdose deaths are witnessed which means 85% of them could've been prevented. If you look at numbers, that's hundreds and hundreds of lives that could've been saved if Narcan was present on the scene."
Officials say they've seen an increase in opioid use in the last five years.
"This drug epidemic is the biggest public safety and public health crisis we've ever seen in our state. If we don't work together, we're not going to solve this," said Attorney General Brad Schimel.
Through this program, officials are hoping to save lives.
"It's going to empower people, regardless if you have anybody using in your life. We should all be trained and be able to help somebody even as a Good Samaritan," said Badura.