Light and Unite Red

Light & Unite Red

Light & Unite Red is a community-wide prevention committee led by the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD). This year, nearly 50 community organization, surrounding health departments, high schools, libraries, government entities are working together to shine a spotlight on the dangers of substance use and unite our community to engage in prevention, encourage treatment and support recovery throughout the year.


The committee supports National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week (last week in January), National Mental Health Awareness Month (May), and National Recovery Month (September) in the Greater Milwaukee area.


Why red? Red is the national color for substance abuse awareness.


Light & Unite Red presents: National Drug and Alcohol Fact Week - JANUARY 22 - 28, 2018

National Drug & Alcohol Fact WeekSM (NDAFW) is a national health observance week that aims to increase awareness about substance use among teens by using facts to shatter the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens learn from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music or from friends.


DID YOU KNOW? In 2016, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that “many teens are not aware of the risks to their health, to their success in school and the dangers while driving under the influence,” citing that:

  • 5+ percent of high school seniors misuse prescription drugs
  • 20+ percent smoke marijuana
  • 35 percent use alcohol

Through school activities, community events and even online, teens can learn about AODA facts and get access to prevention, treatment and recovery resources for themselves and to share with others.


National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week - FREE Events

Join us for the following free community events:





Monday, Jan. 22, 2018

Addiction Information and Resource Fair

Including speakers on ACES Interface and personal story, Narcan Training

South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center

5:30 - 8 p.m.



Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

Light & Unite Red Phone Bank
And dial in with your questions: Number to come!



Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018

Recognizing Addiction: Featuring Dr. Michael McNett

Pain management physician and leader of the comprehensive pain program at Aurora Health Care

Greenfield Public Library
6 - 8 p.m.



Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

“Written Off” Documentary Screening and Talk Back

Oriental Theater
7 p.m. Screening, 8:30 p.m. Talk Back

Learn more and reserve your free seats:


Panelists include:

  • Michael Lappen,
    MS, LPC, Administrator, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and Co-chair, City-County Heroin, Opioid and Cocaine Task Force
    Michael Vann, MSE, CSAC, ICS, Recovery Support Specialist, Wisconsin Resource Center
  • Maria Perez, PhD, VP of Behavioral Health Affairs, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers
  • Mark Fossie, MS, MBA, LMFT, APSW, CSAC, ICS, President Chief Executive Officer, M&S Clinical Services, Inc. and Bishop, Lion of Judah Christian Ministries
  • Pastor Walter Lanier, JD, MDIV, Director, Multicultural Services and Community Engagement, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Pastor, Progressive Baptist Church




Friday, Jan. 26, 2018


  • Wearing red - the national color for substance abuse awareness or light up your building red!
  • Buldings will be donning a red light ALL WEEK to support substance abuse efforts during NDAFW: General Mitchell Airport (MKE letters), Mitchell Park Domes (Halos), Schlitz Park (Arches), Milwaukee County Parks, Milwaukee County Zoo, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, US Bank Building Tower, Milwaukee Bucks McKinley Health Center, Milwaukee Fire Stations, and Community Advocates
  • Be sure to post your pictures on social media using #LightUniteRed

Request a lightbulb or t-shirts: Email (while supplies last)




Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018

Resource Fair for Parents and Teens

Southridge Mall

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.





Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
Northshore Health Department Resource Fair: Stairway to Heroin


  • Dr. Timothy Westlake, Director, Emergency Department at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital in Wisconsin (pictured at left)
  • Melanie C., personal testimony
  • Detective Chris Kohl, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department
  • Chris Gleason, MA, CAADC, MAATP, Administrator of Regional Behavioral Services
  • Your Choice, A Family's Journey to Recovery

Shorewood High School Theater
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Resource Fair

6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Presentation


National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week Resources FOR EDUCATORS

Urban Dance Line Perfomance (Jan. 27)

Teach your classroom the urban line dance “We Go To Work” or request a personal lesson by contacting (she’ll come to you!).
Group Rehearsal: Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 from 12 - 2 p.m. at WAAW (3020 W. Vliet St.)
Then, join us for a group performance on Sunday, January 27 at 1:30 p.m. at Southridge Mall (Please arrive by 1 p.m.).


HAIKU Challenge (Last day: Jan. 28)
A Haiku is a 3-line short poem: 1st line has 5 syllables; 2nd line has 7 syllables; 3rd line has 5 syllables. Starting NOW, post your Haiku on social media using #lightunitered or email Subject of the Haiku must focus on drug facts, prevention, treatment, recovery or hope.


Take the 2017 National Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge

Test your knowledge at the beginning of the month and at the end of NDAFW to see your students progress! Take the quiz here:


Giveaways for your students

Request t-shirts, shoelaces, cell phone holders, key chains, pens, fidget spinners and more (while supplies last). Email with your request and count. Get the Light and Unite Red NDAFW SnapChat filter (email if you would like access to the filter).


Other resources for class time:

Light and Unite Red community partners


Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division | Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services | Oak Creek Health Department | Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin | Greenfield Health Department | WAWM Community Coalition | Tobacco-Free Suburban Milwaukee Counties | Hales Corners Health Department | Milwaukee Fire Department | AIDS Resource Center Of Wisconsin | South Milwaukee Health Department | Children's Community Health Plan | Volition Franklin \ City of Franklin Health Department | Village of Greendale | North Shore Health Department | Greendale Health Department | West Allis Fire Department | Starting Point | Wauwatosa Health Department | Milwaukee Fire Department | Wauwatosa School District | University of WI Milwaukee | Team HAVOC & MKE Heroin Diaries | Community Advocates | City of Milwaukee | City of Greenfield | Washington Ozaukee HD | Vessels of God | Families Moving Forward/ Manna Behavioral Services | MSI | CUPH - UWM | Community Advocates | Washington Ozaukee HD | New Plan Life Services | Assata High School | Milwaukee Public Schools- Auer Avenue | Wraparound Milwaukee| WestCare | Milwaukee Public Schools - Hopkins Lloyd | Hepatha Lutheran Chuck | Milwaukee College Prep School | COA | Hopwell Ministries | Pastors United | Dominican Center | Keefe Avenue / Boys & Girls Clubs | MICAH | Catholic Campaign for Social Justice

Substance Abuse Resources

  • Dial 2-1-1 to find the right resources for you or your child.
  • If you are experiencing a crisis, call our crisis line anytime at 414-257-7222.
  • Click here to find a drug take-back location near you.

Media Contacts
Katy Glodosky


Justin Metzger



Committee Contact

Nzinga Khalid




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