Thursday, February 27, 2014

2-28-14 heroin summit

Law enforcement, social services, and health care professionals are gathering next month in Fond du Lac and Dodge counties to address the growing problem of opiate and heroin addiction.  A heroin summit is scheduled for March 11th at Fond du Lac’s Marian University and a town hall meeting will be held two days later at the Dodgeland School in Juneau.  Dodge County Sheriff Pat Ninmann says in Dodge County the number of people who have died from accidental opiate overdoses has doubled in the past year and most of those who die first use opiates in high school.  Ninmann says those addicted often turn to crime to support their habit.  In Fond du Lac County four people died from heroin overdoses last year and dozens of lives were saved when paramedics used the heroin antidote Narcan.

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