The Washington County Heroin Task Force

The task force, which grew out of the Washington County Prevention Network's work, was launched in February 2014 in response to the growing problem of prescription pain medication and heroin abuse in Washington County. A collaborative prevention effort to educate community members including law enforcement, elected officials, health care professionals, county agencies and community members soon began to identify and understand common problems and applicable resources.
The Task Force identified four specific target areas, and have worked since to develop and implement actions calculated to reduce prescription drug misuse, heroin abuse and overdose in Washington County.  These efforts focus on:

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Advocacy
  • Law Enforcement/Courts

 

2017 Heroin Task Force Meeting Dates are as follows:

January 19
March 16
May 18
July 20
September 21
November 16

The Washington County Heroin Task Force meets the 3rd Thursday, every other month, at the Public Agency Center in West Bend 333 E. Washington St. in room 3224 at 9 a.m. Members of the community are invited and encouraged to attend.

For more information or to join the task force, please contact Ronna Corliss, county prevention manager at rcorliss@elevateyou.org

 

Recent Initiatives of the Heroin Task FOrce

The Heroin Toolkit

In 2016, members of the Heroin Task Force collectively created a 36 page booklet to educate Washington County Residents about the Opiate/Heroin crisis.  Hard copies of the publication are available by contacting Elevate at 262-677-2216.

An electronic version of the publication is available here.

Washington COunty Drug Disposal Sites

Did you know that most heroin addictions grow out of an abuse of prescription pain medications. The Washington County Heroin Task Force has worked with other community agencies to make disposal of unused or unwanted prescription medications easy for county residents.  Here is a list of locations where you can easily dispose of these drugs.

2017 Legislative Breakfast

Each year, the Heroin Task Force hosts a breakfast for local legislators and other community leaders. This year the event is planned for Friday, September 22 at Terrace 167, 3210 Wis. Hwy. 167, in Richfield.  Join us from 7:30 to 9 a.m. that morning to discuss how President Trump's declaration of a national emergency related to the Heroin epidemic, could impact our local prevention and intervention efforts.  Please r.s.v.p. to Ronna Corliss.