Event date:
Monday, May 15, 2017 5pm - 8:30pm
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This event occurs in the America/Chicago time zone.



In Wisconsin, and across the nation, there has been a surge in the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Last year, 873 Wisconsin residents lost their life as a direct result of illegal drug use, with opioids being the most common drug. A Community Drug Forum is planned for May 15 from 6-8:30pm at the Stoney Creek Inn of Onalaska with resources available from treatment, recovery and support providers available from 5-7pm.

The main purpose of the forum is to encourage parents and others living with addiction to drugs or who are at risk, or those concerned with seeking resources in our community to find help. According to the latest surgeon general’s report; 1 in 7 Americans will face substance addiction, yet only 10 percent of those now addicted receive treatment. The report also states “Every $1 invested in viable treatment options for substance use disorders saves $4 in health care costs and $7 in criminal justice costs.”

Participants will learn about current efforts going on in La Crosse County to prevent illicit drug problems. These community efforts include the Heroin and Other illicit Drug Task Force, La Crosse County Prevention Network, law enforcement, treatment and counseling and a wide range of other services that are available.

The main theme will focus on heroin, opioids (pain medications) and other prescription drug misuse, marijuana and meth. However, Information available will appeal to a wide range of illicit drug addiction. Questions will be addressed by the panelists and other speakers.

This is event is FREE! Registration is encouraged but not required by calling 608 785-9872 or email




May 15, 2017

Community Drug Forum 6-8:30pm

(Resources for treatment, prevention, support and recovery services

available 5-7pm)


Location: Stoney Creek Lodge, Onalaska, WI (Confirmed)

Theme: Addressing Stigma on Addiction and Recovery

Who: Everyone interested in learning more about addiction, recovery, what is going on in our community in prevention, treatment and support for those struggling with substance use and mental health concerns

Other Presenters:

Hazelton: Community Opioid Toolkit – (confirmed) 15 min

Background of Heroin & Other Illicit Drug Task force and La Crosse County Prevention Network – Al Bliss – 5 -minutes

Meth and Marijuana – Tom Johnson, MEG and Judi Zabel – (confirmed) – 30 min

Wake Up Call (Lybert Family) – (confirmed) – 45min

Panel Presenters: 1 hour (allow 10 minutes each panelist and allow questions after all speakers present)

Prevention – Dr. Kleven – (confirmed)

Law Enforcement/Judicial – Judge Bjerke (confirmed)

Public Health – Jen Rombalski (confirmed)

Addiction and Recovery – Tyler Lybert, Your Choice (confirmed)

WI PT Association – Bill Haviland, Physical Therapist (confirmed)

Recovery Services - Cheryl Hancock, Executive Director, Coulee Council on Addictions (confirmed)

Resources available on prevention, treatment, support and recovery from 5-7pm (have resources in separate lobby or room so participants can access before and during the event)

Sponsors: La Crosse County Heroin and other illicit Drug Task Force, La Crosse County Prevention Network, Western Wisconsin Healthcare and Addiction Medical Solutions