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Between 2012 and 2015, 888 residents of Milwaukee County died as a result of an opioid or heroin overdose. This was revealed in a study in March 2016, which aimed to paint a picture of the demographics that are involved with this. For a long time, heroin was seen as a "dirty" drug, that only affected those in extreme poverty. However, it seems that dealers have now started to target other people, including suburban mothers, reason being that many of these people have long been addicted to prescription painkillers, and these are increasingly difficult - and expensive - to get. This lies at the heart of the heroin epidemic that is gripping the nation.
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The Milwaukee Common Council has described the problem as a "public health epidemic". For this reason, they commissioned a study in relation to heroin. What this showed was that there has been a 500% increase in overdose deaths due to opiates and heroin since 2005. It is hoped that the results of this study will be able to serve as an intervention and to make treatment, including detox and rehab, more accessible and affordable.
The problem with heroin is actually greater than that of homicides. It is also greater than the problem of motor vehicle accidents, even though there is a significant issue with alcohol related incidents on the road as well.
The study was based on a variety of indicators, including some provided by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, and this demonstrated that heroin kills more young white people than older black people. In fact, the study showed that the average profile of someone dying of a heroin overdose is a 43 year old white male. 60% of all those who die are white males, in fact.
This is something seen across the country, with victims becoming increasingly younger. While this is worrisome, it is also aiding public health and law enforcement officials to put in place appropriate intervention efforts, and to offer addiction treatment that is suitable to its patients' demographic.
The 888 deaths in Milwaukee were spread out across the county. This showed that there isn't an issue with a particular location, but rather that it can happen to anyone, anywhere. Additionally, heroin is no longer a homelessness drug, with 70% of overdoses happening in people's own homes.
As a result of the study, the Milwaukee Common Council has entered into a partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin. Together, they aim to further study the results of the research, and to use this to create prevention, intervention, and treatment options, including detox and rehab, suitable for the population as a whole. Some of this has already started to take shape, with increasing numbers of treatment centers for substance abuse, whether for drug or alcohol abuse, becoming available and affordable to people who need it. This is also due to the fact that, while heroin is the most pressing problem, older problems such as alcohol abuse and other drug problems continue to exist as well.
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