prescription drugs

Tri-County, Tribal Plan To Go To Vilas County Board

Feb 14, 2018 no sheep

Creating a tri-county/tribal response to address drug addiction was approved this week by the Vilas County Executive & Legislative committee. With support from the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa the plan will be presented to the full Vilas county board later this month.

About 20 years ago Vilas county created a county-tribal committee to establish intergovernmental communication when off-reservation treaty rights began to be exercised.

Vilas Committee Rejects Joining Opioid Lawsuit

Jan 12, 2018 stevepb

A resolution pushed by the Wisconsin Counties Association that would have Vilas County join 59 other Wisconsin counties in lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies that manufacture opioids was rejected Monday by the county executive and judicial committee on a 5-1 vote.

Leading the opposition was supervisor Walt Maciag, who questioned lack of details in the resolution language. Maciag pointed out no pharmaceutical companies  were named and the alleged unlawful and unethical practices  were also not identified.

Vilas Board Hears About High Opioid Use

Nov 15, 2017

High drug use in Vilas County was presented to the county board (Nov 14) showing from 2013-14 they ranked sixth in opioid death rates, fifth in nalozone ambulance runs, fourth in arrests for illegal opioid and cocaine drug arrests and second in opioid prescriptions dispensed.

UW-Extension Youth Development Agent Nancy Miller and Bob Kovar showed opioid trends have become more severe with one doctor, not in our area, gave our prescriptions to 5,500 persons. In our three county area, Vilas had 90 drug related hospitalizations in 2012 rising to 95 in 2014. stevepb

The semi-annual collection of unused prescription meds and other drugs takes place this Saturday at mainly law enforcement facilities in the Northwoods.

The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative, designed to have the public bring in unused drugs.

Rhinelander Police Captain Ronald Lueneburg says the program has been active, nationally, for several years....

Marshfield Clinic Health System is making it easier for patients and community members to safely dispose of medication by adding collection kiosks at 14 Marshfield Clinic pharmacy locations across Wisconsin.

The kiosks are part of a partnership between Marshfield Clinic Health System and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin to help curb prescription drug abuse in Wisconsin.

Sue Wilhelm is Director of Pharmacy at Security Health Plan, part of the Marshfield Clinic Health System. She outlines how the kiosks work...

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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is set for April 29 across the nation.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration and aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Another goal is educating the public about the potential for medication abuse.

Captain Terri Hook of the Oneida County Sheriff's Department talks about some of the local collections....

A member of the Forest County Potowatomi Community and a Northwoods State Senator have been named to a newly called Task Force to combat opioid abuse.

Governor Walker issued the Executive Order Tuesday.

Walker spokesperson Tom Evenson says the task force will work to gather data on the growing epidemic...

"...Gov. Walker, along with Rep. John Nygren from Marinette, have done a number of things most recently with the Hope agenda which outlines a number of issues and reforms we've taken to address this opioid epidemic...."

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Much attention has been made about the growing opioid and heroin addiction problem in the U.S.

Oneida county law enforcement agencies are joining in the semi-annual Prescription Drug Takeback Day being held October 22.

Captain Terri Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department says that office and three others in Oneida county will be involved. Federal law enforcement sponsors the take back, funding local law enforcement efforts to bring in unused medications...

Community health professionals and the public are gathering Friday morning at Nicolet College in Rhinelander for the second-annual Community Health Symposium, presented by the Collage and the Northwoods Tobacco-Free Coalition.

Community Health Specialist Corie Zelazoski says the symposium offers the public a chance to learn from other professionals..

"....we also wanted to collaborate with other sectors of the community such as mental health, AODA, health and sexual assault to bring some presentations to our community...."

The next drug take back day is set for Saturday in four Oneida county places.

The take back allows residents with unwanted prescription drugs to turn them in at collection points for disposal, no questions asked and no charge.

Rhinelander Police Department is one collection spot. Police Chief Michael Steffes says the goal is get the drugs off the streets....

The next event to get prescription medications off the street is happening next week across the Northwoods.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration sponsors the 9th annual Take Bake event through local law enforcement agencies.

Lt. Teresa Hook from the Oneida County Sheriff's Department outlines what happens...

".....any medications you no longer need or have expired you can take to these locations, leave them there, and we will dispose of them..."


Many Northwoods law enforcement agencies are participating in Saturday's "Take Back " initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The effort enables residents to bring unneeded prescription medications to a collection spot where the drugs are collected at no charge and then are disposed.

In Lac du Flambeau, the collection will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lac du Flambeau Judicial Center on Peace Pipe Road.

Program Coordinator Sue Wolfe says there are a few things to remember when you bring in the drugs for disposal...

Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

Dec 30, 2013
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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. 

Law Enforcement Busts 19 For Drugs in Oneida County

Nov 22, 2013

Oneida county and regional law enforcement officials report nearly 20 new arrests this week for drug-related crimes. This follows another large number of drug-related arrests earlier this week in Forest county.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Office and the Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group made the nineteen arrests as part of a continued investigation.

Most charges relate to possession and distribution of methamphetamines and prescription drugs. Other charges include child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

If you're not using the prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, there's a better place to put them than down the toilet.

Area law enforcement says the 7th Annual Take Back Initiative is set for Saturday, October 26 in three Oneida county places.

Oneida County Detective Sergeant Terri Hook says the unneeded drugs will be collected and destroyed....

"We'll take vitamins, we'll take prescription medications...we cannot take anything that has aerosol or something with a sharp, like some kind of injectable...."