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St. Norbert College to Host Action in Recovery: Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Brown County

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From St. Norbert College, September 6, 2018
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

St. Norbert College is hosting a free community education event focusing on the opioid crisis in Wisconsin and Brown County on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Fort Howard Theater in F. K. Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, opioid-related overdose deaths more than tripled in Wisconsin from 2003 to 2014. Opioid abuse and drug overdoses have a devastating impact on individuals, families and communities.

Douglas Darby, who co-founded Rise Together, a local organization dedicated to educating youth about addiction, will share his personal journey to kick-off the program.

Paul Krupski, director of opioid initiatives for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, will be the keynote speaker. Krupski’s professional career has centered on administering and implementing substance-abuse policies and strategies.

The program will conclude with a question-and-answer segment led by the following panel:

- Larry Connors (CEO, Jackie Nitschke Center)

- Antonia Nelson (Life Mission and Recovery Coach, Green Bay Myofascial Release Therapists)

- Brian Messerschmidt (Drug Task Force Officer, City of De Pere Police Department)

- Paul Krupski (Director of Opioid Initiatives, Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

Several groups and organizations are partnering to put on this important event. Beyond Health, Brown County Health and Human Services, De Pere Health Department, Alliance for Wisconsin Youth, Green Bay Myofascial Release Therapy, Jackie Nitschke Center, Norman Miller Center at St. Norbert College, Rise Together, Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services and the City of De Pere Police Department.

Resource and information tables will be available.
For more information, contact Tom Doughman, licensed marriage and family therapist at St. Norbert College, at

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