June 27, 2017
Produced by Katie Kuhn and Rebecca Schimke, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Drug and alcohol abuse and addiction is a growing public health concern in Wisconsin and across the country. In 2013, more Wisconsin residents died from drug overdose than motor vehicle accidents. The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reports that, in 2015, Wisconsin experienced 872 drug overdose deaths.
Waukesha County has been greatly impacted by this epidemic, a crisis that affects people from all backgrounds, income levels, and ages. Mike Ingrilli, owner of Mike Ingrilli Plumbing, has personal experience with addiction. Sober for six and a half years, Mike talks to Living Local about his addiction struggles, his journey to recovery, and how these experiences have shaped the way he runs his business.
If you or someone you know is experiencing addiction, there are resources that can help. Simply dial 2-1-1 to be speak with an experienced, non-judgmental addiction specialist who can connect you to available resources. You can also call on behalf of a friend or loved-one.
Read more about United Way’s Opiate Abuse Treatment & Prevention Initiative for additional resources and how you can impact the issue.