“Take even a small amount of fentanyl and you could die.” It’s a harsh message, but one that John Koch, director of community engagement at Community Medical Services (CMS), is determined to get out in the community as deaths from fentanyl use continue to climb around the U.S.
Science shows that an opioid use disorder isn’t about weakness, personal or moral failure, or even a lack of willpower. Understanding that OUD isn’t always a choice can be a first step towards stopping the stigma.
Joining forces with the community is proving to be a successful model for addressing the opioid crisis in Milwaukee. CMS was recently highlighted for its innovative approach to connecting with the Milwaukee community and expanding outreach beyond our treatment clinics.
Linking people to recovery can happen in unexpected places, including while getting take-out in a local restaurant after work. I cannot let an opportunity pass to offer education about MAT and my passion for it.