Dodge Co. leaders say heroin use linked to increase in crimes

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

Published: Thursday, March 13, 2014 --- 10:15 p.m.

Authorities, school leaders and health experts across Dodge County are encouraging community members to do their part to curb heroin use.

"They should be aware of what's in their medicine cabinet, get rid of that which doesn't need to be there anymore," said Dodge Co. district attorney Kurt Klomberg.

At an educational meeting in Juneau Thursday night, Klomberg spoke about the link between heroin and prescription pills.

"Over the past decade or more, we have been focusing on prescription drugs," he said. "And one of the things that's happened, is prescription drugs have become more expensive in the community, and as a result, those addicts are still looking for something to deal with the withdrawal symptoms if they are not in treatment, and we're seeing a switch to heroin."

Klomberg says the damage from these drugs hurts more than addicts and their families.

"We've had one person that was recently convicted. He was a narcotic drug addict. He did 40 burglaries in about six months," Klomberg said. "Every citizen of every community is at risk of being a victim of one of these crimes--whether it be a burglary, a simple theft, or an identity theft because the users will engage in extreme behavior in their drug-seeking activities."

That's why Klomberg says everyone should be invested in dealing with this problem, "In the hopes that we can prevent the future heroin abuse of many young people that haven't even started prescription drug abuse yet."

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