Event to highlight efforts to combat heroin addiction

1907 Club will hold a major event to raise awareness about heroin on Saturday, September 26, at their facility, 2908 N. 21st St., Sheboygan.

The event, called Recovery Rocks: Coming Together to Fight Heroin will feature State Attorney General Brad Schimel as the keynote speaker and will offer a mixture of family activities, education, resource sharing, networking, government representation, and media outreach.

Recovery Rocks: Coming Together to Fight Heroin will combine a series of fun and informative components, including a scavenger hunt in the morning and speakers throughout the day, all focused on the theme of raising awareness about the heroin epidemic and treatment options.

Area recovery partners will have displays at the event, making this a true collaboration against a common enemy.

Lunch and dinner will be served, and the evening will conclude with a town hall meeting of current topics related to opiate abuse prevention. Music played by a DJ will complete the event. The main objectives of this event are to:

*Provide an event that recognizes individuals in recovery from alcohol and drug dependence – September is National Recovery Month

*Provide education on addiction, treatment, community partners, and local efforts

*Raise awareness of 1907 Club, its history and current renewal as a Recovery Community Organization

*Create a foundation for future programming and services at 1907 Club that meet the needs of people currently not being served

*Provide a platform for Attorney General Brad Schimel to speak about Wisconsin’s new opiate prevention initiative

“Addiction is a family disease”, said Jody Ivio, 1907 Club’s President, “Today, we are facing a heroin epidemic. Heroin is an opiate, along with painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin, and opiate overdoses are killing more people than traffic accidents.

“Heroin arrests have increased 1500% since 2009 in Sheboygan County. But there is hope. Treatment is available and addiction can be reversed, but it requires a community effort. At 1907 Club, we believe we can play a vital role in combating this epidemic and helping the individuals and families we serve.”

1907Club,a501c3non-profit, is the oldest and largest AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) recovery clubhouse in Sheboygan. Founded in 1957, 1907 Club moved to its current location in 1990 thanks to generous support from the community, especially the Brotz Family Foundation.

Over the years, the1907 Club has made it possible for thousands of area residents to achieve lasting recovery by being the host of AA and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings. And through Al Anon and Nar Anon meetings, it has immeasurably helped family members as well.

For more information about the 1907 Club and the event, visit www.1907club.org or follow the club on Facebook.

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