SPOKESPERSONS: Available for comment
District Attorney Eric Toney/920-929-3048
Chief Dave Lukoski/920-748-2888
Ripon, WI – The public is invited and encouraged to attend a n Opioid Forum sponsored by District Attorney Eric Toney, the Ripon Police Department and Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County, Thursday, June, 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm at the Ripon High School, 850 Tiger Drive, Ripon. Team leaders for the Four Pillars working to address opioid abuse in Ripon/Fond du Lac County will participate in a forum to provide the public with an update and status report on the goals
established for each of the pillars.
District Attorney Eric Toney and Chief Lukoski will lead the discussion followed by report outs from team leaders of thefollowing pillars:
● Prevention/Education: Amy Sebert, Aurora Health Care
● Harm Reduction: Kim Mueller, Fond du Lac County Public Health
● Law Enforcement: Sgt. John Teachout, City of Ripon Police Department
● Treatment: Amy Johannes, Agnesian HealthCare
Following the reports – breakout sessions will occur for each of the pillars to get input from the public. Parents, grandparents and guardians are encouraged to attend the forum to become more informed about the issue of opioid and heroin misuse and abuse. Parents have the greatest influence on their children’s attitudes and decisions. Children who continue to learn about the risks of drugs at home are less likely to use drugs than those who are not taught about the
dangers. Drug overdoses, particularly from prescription opioids and heroin are among the major causes of preventable death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ripon is not immune from that trend. In fact, it continues to see an increase in opioid and heroin abuse. The numbers are staggering. In 2015, nine overdose victims were successfully resuscitated with the assistance of the Ripon Police Department and Ripon Guardian
Ambulance Service. Ripon has already had three overdoses in 2016, all were successfully resuscitated. Over the past 5 years, the Ripon Police Department has investigated at least 5 suspected overdose related fatalities.
“The abuse of heroin and opioids is one of the most critical issues facing our community. The transition between heroin and opioids is when a person has lost that opioid supply and heroin is easy to come by, on the street and a fraction of the cost.” City of Ripon Police Chief and Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County member Dave Lukoski said.
“An opioid or heroin addiction is a life alternating and challenging event for the user, their family and friends. Despite this challenge there is hope through the rewarding road of recovery from an opioid addiction. Our community – parents in particular, need to; know the ease for an addiction to develop, be aware of clues addicts exhibit, and the resources available in our community to fight the addiction. Without intervention, users frequently commit crimes with the lucky ones landing in the criminal justice system and the unlucky ones overdosing and dying,” Fond du Lac County District Attorney and Drug Free Communities member Eric Toney said.
For more information on local efforts for prescription medication disposal and what you can do to reduce prescriptiondrug abuse in Fond du Lac County visit the Drug Free Communities website at www.drugfreefdl.com, call 920-906-6700 ext 4704, or find them on Facebook.