To the editor:
(Re: “Man arrested for allegedly driving while on heroin,” April 23, 2015) Heroin is a growing problem in our community, and it’s getting worse every day.
I work in a local emergency room; I see how this drug ruins the lives of the users and the families who love them. Heroin is on the rise, it’s cheap and available.
... Our community is lacking resources to offer heroin addicts. There are many hurdles to this, finance, location, and the lack of health care professionals that can treat heroin addicts.
... Fond du Lac Mental Health Center is helpful, but even they have criteria that has to be met for admission. Most heroin detox symptoms don’t meet their criteria. When someone comes in wanting to get help for their heroin addiction, we have nothing to offer outside of normal business hours, and then, they still need an appointment. They come in desperate, they are at a low and want treatment, it breaks my heart to send them home to wait out a long weekend.
I hope they make it to Monday when they can call and make an appointment. Who am I kidding, right?
A friend, who lost her daughter to heroin overdose, has been my best resource. She has introduced me to a group called Rise Together (weallrisetogether.org). They are a local group that I feel offers hope for a road to recovery.
... We need safe places for heroin addicts to detox while they wait for outpatient appointments to the suboxone clinic. This is a shortage everywhere in Wisconsin...
There are many more details about heroin. So many more areas of recovery and family impact to cover.
This is just my perspective as a nurse and mother in this community. ...
If you know or suspect someone is abusing drugs, it IS worth confronting them about it, and starting a path to recovery. Sober nation support line: 866-317-7050.
— Jenny Erickson
567 Metomen St.
To read the entire letter, see the April 30, 2015 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.