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Monday, May, 5 2014

     About eight years ago, Outagamie county implemented a death review committee. 
Although the title sounds ominous, it's not.  Goal of the committee is to study trends
of young people dying and develop strategies to prevent that from happening.
     Outagamie County Public Health Manager Mary Dorn, a member of the committee,
says it's part of a statewide initiative.   The committee's documented records become
part of a national registry.
     There are 20 to 30 members on a team, meet monthly, sometimes to conduct
reviews and sometimes not.  Committee members have varied professional
backgrounds, work as a team, and follow a specific protocol.
     Give the program a listen.  You'll find it on our website, whby.com, under Audio Vault
and Assignment Fox Cities.


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Ray Waiter

Sunday, Apr, 20 2014

     The fight against use and abuse of heroin in the Fox Valley continues unabated,
with some officials calling it "an uphill battle." and law enforcement agencies
making the fight a top priority.
     Also engaged in the battle are two former heroin addicts, Doug Darby of
Green Bay and Anthony Alvarado of Appleton, both of whom are now sober.
Darby and Alvarado conduct a program entitled Rise Together, with their
primary audience our younger generation.   Their campaign is to get to them
before they get started.
     Hear their stories in a five-part series entitled "Heroin, Hell and Healing."
You'll find it on our website, whby.com, under Audio Vault and Assignment
Fox Cities.
     The series is an eye-opener.

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Assignment Fox Cities

Monday, Apr, 14 2014

April is considered tornado awareness month, a month set aside to remind
us that these powerful storms are capable of ravaging entire communities.  As
in the past, the National Weather Service will conduct a drill to prepare us for
the season that lies ahead.  This year, that drill is on April 24th.
     Our Assignment Fox Cities on April 18th details the work of the NWS.  Chief
Meteorologist  Jeff Last talks about Doppler Radar, enhancements made to
the system, how the agency predicts what may be bearing down on a community,
what is considered tornado alley, and much more.
     We may have heard the information before, but as we are in the midst of
tornado awareness month, it bears repeating for our safety.
     You can catch the programs on WHBY Friday, April 18th,  at 6:45 a.m.,
12:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.  You'll find Mr. Last very knowledgeable and committed
to his craft.

     
    

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Ray Waiter

Thursday, Mar, 27 2014

     I spent the better part of a week interviewing former heroin users, a
law enforcement agent and a state legislator on the issue of heroin
use and abuse in the Fox Valley.  For me it was an eye-opener and has
led to production of a five-part series.  You'll find it on whby.com, under
Audio Vault and Assignment Fox Cities.
     Former users Anthony Alvarado of Appleton and Doug Darby of Green
Bay are now sober.   What turned the corner for Alvarado was his
three-year-old son saying  "I love you daddy.  I don't want you to die."
Darby faced 12 years in prison if he continued to use and he was
certain "I will die" unless he got clean.
     Cassie Nygren of Marinette is serving a prison term after having
her probation revoked.    In painful words, Cassie talks about the
impact her addiction had  on the family.
     A physician who works with addicts told me what happens when a
user overdoses; they could stop breathing and die.  A counselor says
one-third "get it," one-third re-offend and one third don't seem to care.
And for some, death from overdosing on heroin is not a deterrent.
     The drug is that strong; it has such a powerful pull.
     I learned a lot from the interviews.  Let me share them with you
on our website, whby.com


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Assignment Fox Cities

Thursday, Mar, 27 2014

     A five-part series detailing the use and abuse of heroin in the Fox Valley
has been posted on our website, whby.com.
     You'll hear stories from former users Doug Darby of Green Bay, Anthony
Alvarado of Appleton, and Cassie Nygren of Marinette.   They'll tell you what
heroin use has done to them physically, emotionally and spiritually.
     State Representative John Nygren talks about state legislation aimed
at curbing the abuse.  MEG Unit Project Manager Brad Dunlap says it's
a major problem close to home.   It's not just a "big city" problem.
     Take time to listen.  It's worth it.

 

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