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Officials urge community involvement to curb drug abuse

8:50 PM, Jul. 9, 2013
Drug prevention specialist Sue Nowak talks about the one common trait she has found among drug-addicted individuals ? 'denial.' She was speaking at a news conference Tuesday at The 400 Block in downtown Wausau put on by the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drug Partnership.
Drug prevention specialist Sue Nowak talks about the one common trait she has found among drug-addicted individuals ? 'denial.' She was speaking at a news conference Tuesday at The 400 Block in downtown Wausau put on by the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drug Partnership.
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With a steady and determined voice, a 17-year-old high school senior stood at a podium on Wausau's 400 Block on Tuesday and read aloud a poem that described the horrors of heroin addiction and the suffering caused by drug abuse.

"I destroy homes, I tear families apart; I take your children, and that's just the start," Bailey Eschmann said. "I have many names; they change now and then. But I'm sure you've heard of me, I'm heroin."

The recital by Eschmann, a Wausau East High School senior, kicked off a news conference by the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drug Partnership, the second in a series of ...

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