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Heroin in Hudson: a community crisis

The growing use of heroin in Hudson and the tragic consequences that go along with that will be the subject of a public forum on Thursday, July 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St., sponsored by the Hudson Community Foundation. The forum begins at 6:30 p.m.

According to the Hudson Police Department, there have been close to a dozen deaths from heroin and other drug overdoses in the Hudson area and across the county in the last two years. Among them are several Hudson High School graduates in their 20s, three in the last few months, along with several older adults. The police say the use of the drug is growing in the community, and that drug dealers are providing some of the highest quality heroin in the country at bargain prices. They fear there will be more deaths as the number of addicts increases.

In an effort to bring the growing problem of heroin in Hudson out in the open and potentially save lives, several individuals in recovery from their addiction, and families who have lived with it and who have lost loved ones, will tell their personal stories as part of the evening. Treatment professionals will provide information about how quickly heroin addiction occurs and about treatment options. The Hudson Police Department will talk about their response to the problem and the challenges in trying to cut off the supply of the drug to the community.

There will also be information about resources available in the community and across the county.

The forum will also include time for questions and the opportunity to talk with presenters and others who are living with problem or helping those who are.

For more information on the forum contact Meg Heaton at (715) 426-1067. For more information about the Hudson Community Foundation go to

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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