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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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Assignment Fox Cities

Friday, Mar, 21 2014

     State Representative John Nygren of Marinette knows what it's like to have a loved one
addicted to heroin.  Fortunately his daughter, Cassie, survived and is in recovery.
     Mr. Nygren shares the story of his family's journey through it all on Assignment Fox
Cities, heard Wednesday, March 26th, on WHBY.   You can catch the program at 6:45 a.m.,
12:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
      Although it's deeply personal and painful, Mr. Nygren shares what it has been like
living with uncertainty.  "Will tonight be the night we get the phone call?"
      It's a touching, from the heart story.   We invite you to listen.

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Assignment Fox Cities

Tuesday, Mar, 4 2014

     State Representative John Nygren of Marinette has walked in the shoes of a
parent whose child was hooked on heroin.  The journey has been painful, not
only for the Nygren family but their daughter as well.
     In the current Assignment Fox Cities, found on our website, whby.com,
Mr. Nygren talks about the impact on family with a very telling, painful statement
as they retire for the night:  "Will this be the night we get a call ....."
     Additionally, Mr. Nygren addresses legislation designed to get people off
what he refers to as a "deadly drug" under provisions of "The Good Samaritan
Law.    You'll find "The Battle Against Heroin" on our website, whby.com, under
Audio Vault.
     It's worth a listen.


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