Police, addiction specialists and affected families have organized a public forum to address a spike in heroin-related deaths in Hudson, Wis. over the past two years.
According to the Hudson Police Department, there have been close to a dozen deaths from heroin and other drug overdoses in the Hudson area in the last two years. Among the lives lost to heroin are three former Hudson High School students who died in the last few months.
Hudson police said the use of the heroin is growing in the area and that drug dealers are selling some of the highest purity heroin at some of the lowest prices in the nation.
Heroin in Hudson: A Community Crisis Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St.
Speakers will include:
- Karen Hale, whose daughter Alysa Ivy died from a heroin overdose
- Steven Skoog and Phil Drewiske, who are both in recovery for heroin addiction and lost their friend Tyler Hole.
- Peter Van Dusartz, chemical dependency counselor and manager of Hudson Hospital & Clinic's Programs for Change, will discuss how quickly heroin addiction occurs and treatment options.
- Nick Motu, vice president of marketing & communications, Center for Public Advocacy, Hazelden Foundation, will share perspective on the heroin resurgence.
- Hudson Police Department Sgt. Geoff Willems and a representative of the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department will discuss their response to the problem and the challenges in stopping the drug supply in the community.
The forum will also include time for questions and the opportunity to talk with presenters.