Project Second Start, a community based program which provides therapy and education on addiction sponsored the Stop Heroin Rally Satuday, May 3 on Mequon Road in Germantown. The Germantown Kiwanis Club was approached by Barbara J. Privat, Assistant State Public Defender, who was in charge of the rally. She asked if our club would partner with Project Second Start to provide food for the rally. Germantown Kiwanis mobilized a team quickly under the leadership of Kiwanis member Dick Brunow. Brunows team pulled off the event flawlessly. The event was a great success. The profits for the event went to Project Second Start for heroin addication treatment here in Washington County.
According to Nola.com, Crime involving heroin is growing. They cite statistics that say Wisconsin state crime labs processed 1,056 heroin cases in 57 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties in 2013, up from 648 cases in 56 counties in 2012 and 579 cases in 37 counties in 2011. The number of heroin-related arrests statewide rose from 267 in 2008 to 673 in 2012.
According to the website usenodrugs.com, Kevin St. John, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, is quoted as saying that in the past five years heroin use has migrated from mostly users in the 30 to 50 age ranges down to ages 18 to 28. “The fear is that heroin in the eyes of young people is losing its well-deserved reputation as a killer,” St. John said. “People aren’t as scared of it anymore.”
The Stop Heroin Rally in Germantown this weekend provided parents in the Germantown community an opportunity to learn more about the growing trend of heroin abuse in our local communities. They provided information about treatment programs and other communitiy resources.
Anyone with questions about addiction or drug abuse may contact Project Second Start located at Columbia St Mary’s Clinic by calling this phone number: (262) 208-4776.