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Thu, March 27, 2014

Ray Waiter

     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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