Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hudson Wisconsin As the Face of America's Heroin Scourge

As reported in The New York Times.

Heroin's Small-Town Toll, and a Mother's Grief.  (2/10/2014)

...a mother's pain, in the print edition.   In the wake of the prescription painkiller epidemic, heroin, much of it Mexican, has wormed its way into unsuspecting communities far from the Southwestern border as a cheaper and often more easily obtained alternative. Ms. Ivy’s was believed to be the seventh fatal heroin overdose in eight months in this town of 13,000 on the St. Croix River near Minneapolis. Two months after her death, and before yet another young Hudson woman died — at a “sober house” — of a heroin overdose in October, nearly 500 townspeople crowded into the First Presbyterian Church for a forum called “Heroin in Hudson: A Community in Crisis.”

Community forum on heroin crisis draws an overflow crowd. (Hudson Star-Observer, 7/25/2013) A subscription is required to access full text.

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