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UWM Researchers Study Opioid Overdose Patterns & Impacts

Jason Rieve
Tom Luljak and guests

Last year, nearly 500 people died in Milwaukee County as a result of overdosing on opioids. It is part of a national epidemic of opioid deaths that continue to impact communities everyday.

Here in Milwaukee, two UWM researchers are taking a close look at the problem. They are trying to identify common themes or patterns in the overdoses and are studying the impact the overdoses have on families, particularly children.

UWM Today talks with Melinda Kavanaugh, an assistant professor of social work, and Tina Freiburger, the chair of the Criminal Justice Department. Both are part of the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

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Tom Luljak hosted UWM Today on WUWM for more than two decades and is the inaugural host of Curious Campus.