A panel of teens and adult counselors take an in-depth look at the reemergence of heroin in big cities and small communities across Wisconsin, and the havoc it is wreaking on young users.
Premiere date: Mar 18, 2014
About the Program
Teen Connection takes an in-depth look at the reemergence of heroin in big cities and small communities across Wisconsin, and the havoc it is wreaking on young users.
The live, call-in program will explore why teens and young adults are turning to heroin, and will share stories of how user behavior destroys families both emotionally and financially.
State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, whose daughter has struggled with heroin addiction, will join the program to explain how the drug has affected his family and his politics. Nygren has authored several bills to prevent heroin abuse, including a measure that would bring regional treatment centers to underserved areas in Wisconsin.
Former drug addicts will share candid stories of their heroin abuse, its effects and the steps to recovery. Adult experts will be available to offer guidance and answer all questions about heroin and other drug abuse.
Featured guests on the program include: Heroin Response Initiative coordinator Ed Dorff; Heidi Keating of ReThink Winnebago; Green Bay Police Chief Thomas Molitor and Fire Captain and Paramedic Al Matzke of the DePere Fire Department.
Heroin users can visit TheFlyEffect.com for facts about the drug, stories told by other users and for help. Wisconsin Public Radio's six-part investigative report documenting heroin abuse and its effects across the state provides more information on the resurgence of heroin in Wisconsin and can be found at wpr.org/series/heroin-resurgence-wisconsin.
Heroin Response Initiative
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Office of Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen
Wisconsin Assembly Bills AB 445, 446, 447,448
Representative John Nygren's HOPE legislation : Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education (HOPE)
From the New York Times:
Heroin’s Small-Town Toll, and a Mother’s Grief
Prescription Painkillers Seen as a Gateway to Heroin
Heroin Scourge Overtakes a ‘Quaint’ Vermont Town
How to Stop Heroin Deaths
Toll-free phone service is provided by Nsight Long Distance.
Host Kathryn Bracho appears courtesy of WBAY-TV/Green Bay.
WPT is a service of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and the University of Wisconsin-Extension.