Hudson group hosts forum on drug abuse

Hudson group hosts forum on drug abuse

HUDSON, Wis. — Families and friends of persons who lost their lives by heroin overdose speak out on the resurgence of heroin abuse and the tragic consequences at a Hudson Community Foundation-sponsored public forum at 6:30 p.m. July 18 at First Presbyterian Church, 1901 Vine St. in Hudson.

There have been close to a dozen deaths from heroin and other drug overdoses in the Hudson area and in St. Croix County in the last two years, according to the Hudson Police Department. Among the deaths are several Hudson High School alumni in their 20s, including three persons in the last few months, and several older adults.

HPD officials said heroin use is growing in the community and drug dealers are providing some of the highest quality heroin in the country at very low prices. Law enforcement officials predict more deaths as the number of people who become addicted to heroin increases.

Several individuals in recovery from their addictions as well as families who have lived with addicts and those who have lost loved ones will share their personal stories to illustrate the growing heroin abuse problem in the community. Speakers include Karen Hale, whose daughter, Alysa Ivy, died from a heroin overdose; Steven Skoog and Phil Drewiske, who are both in recovery for heroin addiction and lost their friend, Tyler Hole, to the disease, and the parents of Skoog and Drewiske, who will discuss the impact addiction has had on their families.

Peter Van Dusartz, chemical dependency counselor and manager of Hudson Hospital & Clinic’s Programs for Change, discusses how quickly heroin addiction occurs and treatment options. Nick Motu, vice president of marketing & communications for the Center for Public Advocacy, Hazelden Foundation, shares perspective on the heroin resurgence. HPD Sgt. Geoff Willems and a St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department representative discuss law enforcement’s response to the problem and the challenges in stopping the drug supply in the community.

The forum will also include time for questions and the opportunity to talk with presenters.

Contact HCF board member Meg Heaton at 715-426-1067 for information about the forum. Visit for information about the foundation.

Canvas Health tourney tees off

The Canvas Health Golf Classic fundraiser to benefit the agency’s programs for persons struggling with mental and chemical health issues, aging, violence and abuse tees off at 1 p.m. July 22 at the Stillwater Country Club.

Cost is $175 for individuals and $700 per team. Participants can register online by July 18 at

Tournament day registration and lunch is 11:30 a.m., followed by a 1 p.m. shotgun start for the scramble format tourney and ending with a 6 p.m. dinner and silent auction.

Contact Matthew Prediger at 651-275-4303 or for more information.

Motorcycle ride fundraiser set

RIVER FALLS, Wis. — Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to the inaugural River Falls Cruisin for a Cause motorcycle run, with all proceeds going to the Schaffhausen Memorial Fund to develop a special playground to commemorate and honor the lives of Amara, Sophie and Cecilia Schaffhausen.

Registration is 9 a.m. and kickstands go up at 11 at St. Croix Lanes in River Falls. Cruise 100 miles through Wisconsin’s scenic countryside.

For more information, like us on Facebook at “River Falls Cruisin for a Cause” or email us at Cost is $10 for bike and rider, $5 for passenger and $5 for each poker hand with 100 percent payout for first, second and third.