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City, county leaders announce steps to reduce heroin overdoses

City, county leaders announce steps to reduce heroin overdoses

City of Madison and Dane County leaders on Monday announced the latest steps under way to tackle the root of heroin usage.

Law enforcement officials are honing in on prescription drugs as the gateway to heroin.

Officials said they hope an expansion of Safe Communities MedDrop locations can help curb the problem with opiates.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday they are more than doubling the number of Safe Communities MedDrop locations, from four locations to 10, where residents can get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused or unwanted medicine.

The new boxes will be at police departments in Cambridge, Deerfield, Madison West District, Mazomanie, McFarland and Waunakee. The four current locations include police stations in Fitchburg, Madison East District, Middleton and Sun Prairie.

Sprecher Brewery To Host Gilda's Club Fundraiser

Sprecher Brewery To Host Gilda's Club Fundraiser

Recent research suggests that you can get cancer by being too sedentary, but those at a Glendale business are hoping to get people active and help out Gilda's Club in the process.

Folks are invited to put on their work out clothes and start Sunday morning off right with a benefit Boot Camp class at Sprecher Brewery from 9 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 22.

Accel Fitness Boot Camp of Muskego will conduct a fast-paced fitness class in the brewery to help you get into shape, reduce fat and increase energy all for two good causes, your health and Gilda’s Club of Southeastern Wisconsin.

The cost is $25 and proceeds will be donated to Gilda’s Club of Southeastern Wisconsin.

In addition to an energizing workout, participants will also receive complimentary gifts.

Reserve your spot in Sprecher’s Boot Camp for Gilda’s Club by calling the Sprecher Gift Shop at 414-964-2739(BREW).

Health Officials Warn Of Norovirus Cases

Health Officials Warn Of Norovirus Cases

Public Health Madison-Dane County officials said they have received numerous reports of people sick with vomiting and diarrhea, most likely caused by norovirus.

The highly contagious virus is often called by other names, such as viral gastroenteritis, stomach flu, and food poisoning.

Officials said norovirus usually circulates through the community every winter.

Officials said the most important steps to take to prevent becoming ill are to wash your hands often, especially before you eat, and to not share food with anyone you know to be sick. If you are sick, the best ways to prevent spreading your illness to others are to wash your hands often, especially after using the bathroom, and to not prepare food for other people until you have been symptom-free for at least 48 hours.

Officials Report Increase In Whooping Cough Cases In Dane County

Local health officials are taking note of a major increase in the number of whooping cough cases that have been reported so far this year in Dane County.

They said that there were 22 reported cases in December and 20 in January, with a few more suspected cases awaiting confirmation. They said that there are normally only two or three cases per month.

Officials said that there is a whooping cough vaccine, but its effectiveness decreases over time. They recommend adults be revaccinated, WISC-TV reported.

Public health officials said whooping cough starts out as a mild cold, during which patients are contagious. For some, the symptoms get even more severe.

"They can vomit after coughing," Amanda Kita-Yarbro, with Public Health Madison-Dane County. "Sometimes, they cough so much that they can't breathe. Children might have a 'whoop' when they breathe in. Some people even cough so much that they even crack ribs."

Area Leaders Gather For Summit To Address Overdose Epidemic

Area leaders gathered Monday for a summit to tackle the problem of prescription drug abuse and heroin overdoses.

While Dane County and the surrounding area are doing a lot to deal with the overdose epidemic, advocates said much more needs to be done.

Leaders on Monday outlined a newly released report, compiled over the past six months, about steps the community needs to take to end the problem.

"This is really the start of a community-wide initiative to address the issue of opiate overdoses in Dane County," said Cheryl Wittke, executive director of Safe Communities. "Drug overdoes are now the No. 1 cause of injury death, so it's a terrible problem."

"It's part of everything we do now," said Sgt. Steve Britt, of the Middleton Police Department.

Chris' Cause Benefit To Be Held On Sunday

Chris' Cause Benefit To Be Held On Sunday

A benefit event will be held for an area man who continues his fight with cancer.

Chris' Cause -- A benefit for Chris Thompson will be held at the Cross Plains Legion Hall on Sunday, Dec. 11 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Thompson, 35, was diagnosed with leukemia in October 2004. He has been in remission, but continues to be bothered by a series of medical issues connected to medicines he's taking.

The latest issue is a bleeding ulcer that has resulted in numerous surgeries.

Thompson has also struggled with a divorce, loss of insurance and other issues that have also lead to the need for Sunday's event.

Donations can also be made by sending check to the Chris Thompson Benefit c/o State Bank of Cross Plains, 2535 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528.

'Sober Saturday Nights' Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Series At KEVA Sports Center

'Sober Saturday Nights' Kicks Off its 2011-2012 Series At KEVA Sports Center

For the third season in a row, "Sober Saturday Nights" will kick off its 2011-2012 series of events at KEVA Sports Center at 8312 Forsythia St. in Middleton on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 7 to 10 p.m.

With generous underwriting from KEVA and the Ballweg Family of Dealerships and with the ongoing theme, “KICK IT AT KEVA,” the free event series is open to all area 7th through 12th graders (including Dane county and surrounding counties) offering a sober alternative for teens looking for some good, clean fun.