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Heroin in Hudson: a community crisis

Public forum scheduled for July 18

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 the their response to the problem and the challenges in  trying to cut off the supply of the drug to the community.

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

Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

(715) 808-8604