In The Grip of Heroin: Finding Help



- Wisconsin Department of Justice's Anti-Heroin Campaign

- Informational Brochure from State Justice Department

- Presentation by Department of Justice

- Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
from Substance & Mental Health Services Administration,
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

- Narcotics Anonymous

Places to Return Unused Medications:

- National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, October 26, 2013

- Local Police Stations Collect Unused Medications Year-Round


1:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Schools, State Warn Wisconsin Students about the Dangers of Heroin

The principal at Whitefish Bay High School received this packet of fliers and posters earlier this week
Credit Cassie Medved, Whitefish Bay High School

With dozens of young people dying every year of heroin overdoses, the Dept. of Justice is mailing packets of materials to high schools to educate students.

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1:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Lawmakers Hope Bills Help Tackle Wisconsin's Growing Heroin Problem

Heroin use is rising in Wisconsin, and the illegal drug has been found in most of the state’s counties

If there’s one issue winning bipartisan support in Madison, it’s legislation to fight heroin use.

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1:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

In the Grip of Heroin Part 5: Painkillers Often are “Gateway” to Heroin Addiction

Vicodin is one of the prescription painkillers that some people abuse before turning to heroin
Credit Sharyn Morrow, Flickr

This story is the fifth in a series about heroin abuse in Wisconsin

Experts say many heroin addicts first get hooked on opiate-based prescription painkillers.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue October 15, 2013

In The Grip of Heroin Part 4: Lawmakers Grapple With The Problem

State Rep. John Nygren talked about his daughter's heroin addiction as part of the Attorney General's awareness campaign.
Credit Wisconsin Department of Justice

Heroin has been taking a toll in Wisconsin – because of its highly addictive and devastating grip.

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1:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

In the Grip of Heroin Part 3: Helping Users Fight the Pull of the Addictive Drug

Heroin users become easily hooked on the drug. Once the addiction takes hold, many struggle for years to get sober. Some don’t survive the fight
Credit YouTube

This story is the third report in a series about the rising use of heroin in Wisconsin

Many heroin users try to stop, but find they cannot free themselves from the hold the drug has on them.

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