Welcome to North Shore Health Department North Shore Health Department Highlights 1/22/2019 Did you know? January 22-27, 2019 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). NDAFW links teens with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that they get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music or from friends. The Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division leads a community-wide prevention committee called Light & Unite Red (LUR). Red represents substance abuse awareness, and LUR members work together to shine a spotlight on the dangers of substance use. LUR members plan events throughout the year but focus on NDAFW. Learn about activities occurring around Southeastern Wisconsin this week at https://county.milwaukee.gov/EN/DHHS/BHD/Light-Unite-Red, follow LUR on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LightUniteRed, and take the interactive National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge quiz at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/quiz/national-drug-alcohol-facts-week/take-iq-challenge/2019. As part of the community health improvement cycle, the North Shore Health Department is currently completing the 2019-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan. One of the CHIP focus areas, identified by data and community input is “Substance Free Living.” Notable data includes an increase in overdose deaths in the North Shore over the last decade (heroin almost 300%; prescription opioids over 50%). We are seeking partners to join an Action Team to assist in developing this portion of the CHIP. If you are interested in being a partner, contact Lori at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-371-2980. Missed the highlights? Click here to view previous highlights.