A column about history, culture, policy, and things in between.
Five years ago I first wrote of the insidious creep of heroin into the lives of suburban youth, my most recent post titled Smack in the Burbs, focused on the legislative work of State Senator John Nygren, and the tragic tale of his daughter Cassie.
The best defense against this creep is the watchful eye of parents who are willing to insert themselves into the lives of their kids, and assert their authority over those same lives. But the vigilance of even the best parents is not always enough, and obviously not all kids have that benefit. Next Wednesday, January 22 at 6:30 PM, a coalition of concerned citizens, community based organizations, law enforcement agencies, and the Elmbrook Schools, will sponsor a program to promote awareness of this pernicious and growing problem.
Many hands make light work, and this evening program is due to the efforts of many. But singular recognition goes to Brookfield East teacher Chris Guthrie, whose personal initiative and passion for this issue has galvanized this impressive slate of organizations and speakers. The program will be at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center, and will last approximately two hours. The evening will feature opening remarks by Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel. Captains Frank McElderry and Phil Horter (Waukesha County Sheriff and Brookfield Police Departments respectively), will address topics such as early warning signs, local trends, and the odious impact of the drug on our communities.
Julie Berg will offer a compelling presentation on The Fly Effect, a State-wide public service campaign intended to raise awareness of and defense against the odious impact of this drug. Perhaps the most riveting portion of the evening will be personal testimonies offered by Laura and Lee Pulsifer, and others. The couple is featured in an article on this same web page, and has suffered the agonizing loss of their son from the ravage of this drug. The program will conclude with Sarah Nielsen of the Your Choice Program, with information on locally available resources. Sarah and her family have felt the scurge of drug abuse; she and her associates at Your Choice have done a tremendous job in the last several years speaking at schools throughout the region, and raising vital information for our kids and parents to consider.
The program is open to the public, free of charge, and you can register to attend by visiting the site below.
Response has been tremendous and is building, with over two hundred and fifty pre-registered attendees, hailing from sixteen different communities and school districts.
It's not your kid - or is it?