More teens in the U.S. are using e-cigarettes than any other tobacco product. That’s according to a 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey from the US Centers for Disease Control. The CDC found that e-cigarette use by high school students rose from 4.5% in 2013 to 13.4% last year. The study found that nearly 4% of middle schoolers also smoke e-cigarettes.

Tomahawk Police to Carry Naloxone

Jun 15, 2015

Tomahawk is joining the ranks of Madison and New York Police Departments in an effort to prevent heroin overdose deaths. Tomahawk police will carry EVZIO auto-injectors, which are pre-filled with the single-use doses of the drug Naloxone and function much like EpiPens. Naloxone temporarily blocks the effects of opioids like heroine and oxycodone so the recipient can breathe more regularly.


State Representative John Nygren of Marinette nearly lost his daughter to a heroin overdose in 2009. The state Assembly last week overwhelmingly approved  measures making it easier for emergency responders to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts heroin overdoses. 

The bills also enable callers to remain anonymous when calling in an overdose to medical personnel. Nygren talked to Ken Krall about how this move will save lives.

Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

Dec 30, 2013
Bradley P Johnson

The Vilas County Sheriff says drug abuse continue to be a growing problem in the area.  Sheriff Joe Fath says the department works closely with Lac du Flambeau tribal police in its investigations. 

“Prescription medication, synthetic THC, heroin, those are the three big ones that we see affecting our communities.” 

Lac du Flambeau tribal leaders declared a state of emergency last spring to address a growing drug problem on the reservation.