The Winnebago County Heroin Task Force came together in 2013 as a community response to the growing number of opioid and heroin overdoses and deaths. The Task Force was able to bring many diverse perspectives together by using the 4-pillar approach which focused on harm reduction, prevention, treatment, and law enforcement. After 3 years in existence the Task Force accomplished many things yet many of those involved believed there was still more work to be done. After some careful consideration and much discussion, a decision was made to reform the Task Force into the Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition.
The Winnebago County Drug and Alcohol Coalition has since been formed and began work on what still needs to be accomplished in our community in regards to substance abuse and misuse. The Coalition structure includes a steering team of dedicated individuals who will meet regularly to make decisions and to inform the work of multiple action teams. Currently the action teams are focused on treatment/recovery, prevention/awareness, data collection, and communication. Using this new approach offers the opportunity for more involvement from the community and the ability to continue the vital work the original Task Force set out to accomplish.