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DEA launches pilot program in Milwaukee to address heroin, prescription drug abuse

George Morris, MD, speaks at a press conference in Milwaukee to announce the launch of “360 Degree Strategy,” a new DEA program to fight opioid abuse. Wisconsin Medical Society (Society) member George Morris, MD, participated in a press conference Wednesday announcing Milwaukee as the second Midwestern city to pilot the Drug Enforcement Administration’s “360 Degree Strategy.” The new program is designed to address prescription opioid misuse, heroin abuse and violent crime.

The goals of the 360 Degree Strategy include stopping the deadly cycle of prescription opioid misuse and heroin abuse by eliminating the drug trafficking organizations and gangs fueling violence on the streets and addiction in communities. It relies on partnerships with health care professionals, social service organizations and government service agencies that are best positioned to provide long-term help and support to effectuate drug-free communities. (Click here for more information.)

Doctor Morris, who joined seven other speakers at the press conference including Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, said physicians are “100 percent committed” to addressing this issue. He spoke about the importance of educating physicians about alternatives to opioids, as well as a two-fold approach with physicians and the community—where patients should no longer ask for opioids, but rather for alternatives.

Doctor Morris is also a member and past president of the Medical Society of Milwaukee County, and serves as chair of the Society’s Opioid Task Force and Council on Quality and Population Health.

Click here for coverage of the press conference by WTMJ Channel 4 in Milwaukee.

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