Report Card to the Community
An update on the Opioid Initiatives
Fond du Lac, WI – The public is invited and encouraged to attend Report Card to the Community sponsored by District Attorney Eric Toney, Fond du Lac Police Department and Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County (DFC), Monday October 17, 2016 at 5:30pm at the City/County Building, 160 S. Macy Street, Fond du Lac. Team leaders for the Four Pillars working to address opioid abuse in Fond du Lac County will participate in the report out to provide the public with an update and status report on the goals established for each of the pillars.
District Attorney Eric Toney and Chief Lamb will lead the discussion followed by report outs from team leaders of the following pillars:
● Prevention/Education: Amy Sebert, Aurora Health Care
● Harm Reduction: Michelle Robbins, Fond du Lac County Public Health
● Law Enforcement: Officer Erik Foster, City of Fond du Lac Police Department
● Treatment: Amy Johannes, Agnesian HealthCare
A question and answer period will follow the report. Hard copies of the report will be available. Electronic copies will be available on the DFC website and Facebook pages. Electronic copies will be sent to all DFC and Pillar members.
Drug overdoses, particularly from prescription opioids and heroin are among the major causes of preventable death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fond du Lac is not immune from that trend. In fact, it continues to see an increase in opioid and heroin abuse. The numbers are staggering. The number of deaths due to drug mixed toxicity has increased each year. In 2013 and 2014 nine people died, in 2015 there were 12 recorded deaths. Through August of 2016 seven people have died because of drug mixed toxicity.
“The abuse of heroin and opioids is one of the most critical issues facing our community. The transition between heroin and opioids is when a person has lost that opioid supply and heroin is easy to come by, on the street and a fraction of the cost.” City of Fond du Lac Police Chief and Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County member Bill Lamb said.
“Our community – parents in particular, need to know the ease for an opioid addiction to develop, be aware of clues users exhibit, and the resources available in our community to fight the addiction. Without intervention, users frequently commit crimes with the lucky ones landing in the criminal justice system and the unlucky ones overdosing and/or dying,” Fond du Lac County District Attorney and Drug Free Communities member Eric Toney said.
For more information on local efforts for prescription medication disposal and what you can do to reduce prescription drug abuse in Fond du Lac County visit the Drug Free Communities website at www.drugfreefdl.com, call 920-906-6700 ext 4704, or find them on Facebook.
October Law of the Month
During the month of October, City of Fond du Lac Police Officers will be searching the city streets for abandoned vehicles. City Ordinance 630.20 states that “no person shall leave unattended any motor vehicle, trailer, semi-trailer or motor home on any public street or highway or public or private property for such time and under such circumstances as to cause the vehicle to reasonably appear to have been abandoned.
When any such vehicle has been left unattended an any City street or highway or on any public or private property within the city without the
permission of the owner for more than 72 hours, the vehicle is deemed abandoned and constitutes a public nuisance”.
After the 72-hour period, the vehicle will be towed from its location and impounded. The owner of the abandoned vehicle is responsible for the abandonment and all costs of impounding and disposing of the vehicle.
Keeping abandoned vehicles off our City streets helps facilitate effective and efficent operations for the fall leaf collection as well as snow removal maintenance.
The City will dispose of vehicles that are not claimed. If there is a vehicle that appears to have been abandoned in your neighborhood, please contact the Fond du Lac City Police Dept. 906-5555.