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Addiction documentary available for viewing

Florence County hosts community panel discussion with counselors

FLORENCE, Wis. — “Straight Forward: The Truth About Addiction, a documentary featuring in-depth interviews with young Wisconsinites fighting to recover their lives and futures from addictions to opioids and heroin was held Aug. 27 at the Florence High School auditorium.

A panel discussion followed the movie which included Sheriff Dan Miller, peer recovery coach Kevin Frievalt, clinical therapist Rhonda Brey and substance abuse counselor Steven Hahn. The community forum was facilitated by Cheryl Welch, a licensed professional counselor and owner of Pathways To Healing Counseling Center of Florence.

In addition, a “Hidden in Plain Sight” bedroom was viewed by adults to identify items that are used to hide drugs or may indicate drug use. A mock bedroom is being used throughout the state to increase awareness of drug addiction.

UW Madison Extension, Public Health Department, and Human Services provided local resources including safe disposal options, mental health and alcohol and other drug addiction resources, and free locking prescription drug bags.

The program was sponsored by the Florence County AODA and Mental Health Coalition and a public health state opioid prevention grant.

The movie can also be viewed free at wiseye.org/2017/09/13straight-forward-the-truth-about-addiction/.

Florence County Health Department can be reached at 715-528-4837, located in the courthouse at 501 Lake Ave., or go to http://www.florencecountywi.com/ . The department is on the second floor, open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed for lunch from noon to 12:30.

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