Over the last decade, drug abuse has skyrocketed. As a nurse, I have seen the horrible effects of the epidemic firsthand. The rate of heroin-related overdose deaths has increased over 200 percent between 2002 and 2013. More Wisconsin residents died in 2013 from drug poisoning than from suicide, breast cancer, colon cancer, firearms, influenza, or HIV.

The person we elect to fill our state senate seat needs to be someone that can get things done in Madison and will look out for our communities. That is why I am voting for Adam Jarchow who has passed a dozen bills in his short time in the state Assembly and has proven he can deliver real results for Western Wisconsin. He has also been a volunteer firefighter for Apple River Fire Department for seven years.

Adam has supported bills that have been a part of the HOPE Agenda. The HOPE Agenda is a Republican-led effort to combat heroin and opioid abuse in Wisconsin. This agenda has allowed greater access to Narcan, a drug to counteract a drug overdose, which has already saved many lives.

It has also strengthened our Prescription Drug Monitoring Program which helps prevent individuals from doctor shopping and being over-prescribed prescription painkillers. People are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin if they are addicted to painkillers.

I encourage you to take a look into what has all been accomplished in the HOPE Agenda. Bottom line is people like Adam Jarchow have been chipping away at slowing down the epidemic. I'm voting for Adam because I know he can get things done in Madison.

GAE MAGNAFICI, Dresser

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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