Every ten minutes someone in America dies of an overdose, and sadly a large number of these drug related fatalities are happening here in our community. We’re in the midst of a heroin epidemic. During the week of October 30th, 2017 Happenings Q&A featured several guests to speak about this issue.
A former Deputy Medical Examiner for Kenosha County, Lou Denko is currently the Fire Chief of the Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department.
Brad D. Schimel took office as the Wisconsin Attorney General in January 2015. A frontline prosecutor first elected Wakesha County District Attorney in 2006, Schimel has pledged as Attorney General to put public safety over politics and to continue the fight against heroin, human traffickers, domestic violence, and Internet predators. Attorney General Schimel earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was awarded the 2006 Wisconsin Association of Victims Professionals “Wisconsin Professional of the Year” for his work on behalf of victims of sexual assault.
Michael Gravely joined the Kenosha County district attorney’s office in 1989, his first job after graduating from law school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2016, he was given the honor of Wisconsin’s Prosecutor of the Year by the Department of Justice, where Judge Jason Rossell said Gravely’s focus is “always about doing justice, about being fair.”
Marinna Marotta is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor with Rogers Hospital. Marotta earned her Master’s degree at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Marinna has been with Rogers Memorial Hospital since 2014 running their Dual Diagnosis Adult Intensive Outpatient Program.
Scott Carney has been working in the addiction field since 2013. As a survivor of multiple relapses, he knows what it is like to need treatment. His personal experience with addiction helps him understand the decision-making and recovery process. Scott is now helping others as a Client Services Representative with Lakeview Health.