July 8, 2016 | by Amy Elliot-Meisel | Prevention President Barack Obama proposed a $1.1 billion plan to combat the escalating opioid and heroin epidemic in the U.S. Under the plan, Wisconsin could receive up to $13 million to expand access to treatment programs.
April 19, 2016 | by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute | Prevention The Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP) is launching our second “Let’s Be Blunt” contest”, designed to give Milwaukee youth a voice in developing messaging on how to talk to their peers about marijuana use.
March 7, 2016 | by Cassy Krueger | Prevention Each week we will be rolling out a video on our programs and how they each contribute to the Public Policy Institute's mission: preventing and reducing poverty while improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.
January 8, 2016 | by Joyce Felker | Prevention In December, Governor Scott Walker signed legislation helping people to more easily obtain Narcan (naxalone), a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses and saves lives. This will be an important tool in addressing the epidemic of heroin addiction.
December 7, 2015 | by Melissa McGaughey | Prevention The Drug-Free Communities (DFC) project will specifically work to reduce youth alcohol and marijuana use in 53206 by middle and high school-age students. The effort is a new project of the Milwaukee County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (MCSAP), which PPI administers.
May 20, 2014 | by Kasaundra Brown | Prevention Marijuana use is a growing concern that is taking its toll on American families–from the most successful families to those facing today’s greatest challenges. For many, marijuana has become or is becoming more acceptable and/or normal. At what point did it become acceptable for a society to view any illegal drug as “safe,” to the extent that some propose legalizing the substance for recreational use?
May 18, 2014 | by Kari Lerch | Events Prevention is not simply intervening when a behavior or health concern is visible and present but rather intervening before high risk behaviors are even exhibited. At the core of a preventative approach is the use of evidence-based programs and/or practices and the promotion of positive youth development in order to give youth the skills and experience needed to lead a happy and healthy lifestyle.
November 5, 2012 | by Robert Cherry | Policy Never underestimate the ingenuity of people to find ways to use drugs. Historically, blunts were a type of cigar with a tapered or pointed tip. On the street, however, blunts now refer to a cigar in which the tobacco is removed and replaced with another substance, usually marijuana, crack cocaine or PCPs. It also refers to the tobacco paper (usually produced for roll-your-own cigarettes) that is used for the same illicit purpose.