The Milwaukee Common Council's Public Safety Committee unanimously recommended approval last week of a proposal to establish a joint city-county Heroin and Opioid Task Force to study the growing problem of opioid abuse and make recommendations about how to reduce abuse and overdoses.
"We are actually better when we combine our resources, said Ald. Jim Bohl. Ald. Michael Murphy annd Bohl sponsored the legislation to establish the task force.
Materials presented to the committee for consideration considered some bleak numbers from the Medical Examiner's offce.
The 2016 numbers are through Sept. 24. To view all the charts and tables, provided to the committee, visit the city website here.
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Gretchen Schuldt is executive director of the Wisconsin Justice Initiative.
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