Madison – Representative John Jagler (R-Watertown) praised today’s announcement that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will launch a statewide multimedia public awareness campaign to prevent heroin abuse. In a press release, the DOJ stated that it has scheduled several news conferences throughout the state featuring Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and local law enforcement in order to introduce the initiative on Thursday, September 26.
“I am pleased to see the Department of Justice make such a strong effort to promote awareness of this serious issue in our state,” Jagler said. “Heroin has become a huge problem in our communities. The number of heroin cases has doubled in the last four years, while ancillary crime from desperate users looking for money to feed their addictions has exploded.”
Representative Jagler has also made awareness of heroin use in the 37th Assembly District a priority during his first term. He will be hosting a community discussion on the issue with various experts from local and county law enforcement, the faith community, and the medical profession on Monday, September 30th at 7:00PM at Watertown City Hall.
“Hopefully, if we work together, we can stop this growing problem in our district and throughout the state,” said Jagler. “Promoting awareness of the stress heroin puts on our communities is a good start.  As the session continues I look forward to working with my colleagues in Madison to find legislative solutions for this issue.”