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Milwaukee Getting Federal Support To Deal With Drug Abuse

City To Get DEA Help Fighting Heroin, Prescription Drug Problems

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Officials with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration said they’re teaming with state and local agencies to step up efforts against heroin and prescription drug abuse in Milwaukee.

DEA officials said Milwaukee will be the second city in the Midwest and third nationally to be part of the agency’s “360 Degree Strategy” against heroin and overuse of prescription painkillers.

Acting U.S. Attorney Greg Haanstad said there will be more enforcement actions against dealers of illegal drugs.

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“We have to expand drug education for young people,” Haanstad said. “We have to expand training of doctors and pharmacies on proper prescription practices. We have to expand pre-addiction intervention and treatment and we have to continue to expand treatment and recovery services.”

DEA official said they will spend $2 million on the 360 Degree Strategy, all from existing DEA resources.