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Heroin crisis update is tonight at First Presbyterian Church

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The Hudson Community Foundation will hold a follow-up forum one year after last year’s “Heroin in Hudson: A Community Crisis” tonight, July 17 at First Presbyterian Church.

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The purpose of the first forum in 2013 was to raise awareness of the problem of heroin use in the community, a drug that has caused close to a dozen deaths by overdose in the area in recent years and has led to the addiction of countless others.

Several of those who presented at that event have been featured in both regional and national media attention to the issue as well as being involved on both the local and state level with speaking engagements and in testimony before the state assembly following that first forum.

This year’s event is designed to see where the problem is one year later, what has changed in the community and what efforts are underway to address the problem.

Topics will include recent changes in state law specific to heroin and opiate painkiller use and abuse, the reinstatement of a drug prosecutor in St. Croix County, initiatives for education and prevention in the Hudson School District, the opiate painkiller monitoring program by Hudson Physicians, a presentation by law enforcement on the current heroin problem in Hudson and an update from a mother who lost her daughter to addiction a year ago.

For more information contact the Hudson Community Foundation at (715) 386-9490 or go online at www.hcfwi.org or contact Meg Heaton at the Hudson Star-Observer at (715) 426-1067 or via email at mheaton@rivertowns.net.

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