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January 28, 2020 9:31 AM

Madison, like many U.S. cities, has been facing a significant issue with opioid abuse over the last few years. Distribution of high purity heroin and mixing heroin with other substances (like Fentanyl) have exacerbated the problem and resulted in spiking numbers of overdoses and … [read more]

February 15, 2019 9:48 AM

January 2019 Crime Summary – Heroin Overdoses: There were 11 known overdoses in January of 2019 (16 in January of 2018); results in a 31% decrease last month. There were 3 suspected deaths from overdoses in January (compared to 1 in January of 2018 – 200% increase last month). … [read more]

October 18, 2018 9:41 AM

“Out of Mollie’s death, there is a hope of saving lives, Chief.” This is a quote from Chris Van Wagner, who has become a community activist on summoning up public discourse and awareness around the perils of addiction, specifically from heroin use. Chris is a prominent attorney in Madison who … [read more]

August 27, 2018 10:49 AM

The information contained in my blog is derived from notes provided by MPD Officers-In-Charge (OIC) at the end of their shifts. Most narratives represent early and preliminary information that was gathered by an OIC from those in the field who were actively working cases. The OIC is sharing what … [read more]

July 5, 2018 9:23 AM

June 2018…..projected to be the WORST MONTH EVER in the City of Madison for heroin deaths and the second worst for overdoses. A sad truth. There were 35 known overdoses in June (2018). In June (2017) there were 9; thus we saw a 289% increase. There were 11 suspected deaths from heroin … [read more]

March 16, 2018 9:31 AM

Today is a special day for five of our community members. They have successfully completed 6 months of drug treatment through our Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI) program and will be graduating! We have discussed MARI in previous blogs. As a recap, here is what the program … [read more]

January 28, 2016 8:56 AM

Since becoming Chief in April of 2014, I am literally tethered to my cell phone, 24-7. While I have a great team that can negotiate and resolve virtually everything and anything that comes our way, my management style (Management by Walking Around/MBWA) is such that I want to stay plugged in to … [read more]

November 17, 2014 9:48 AM

It is well documented that heroin use in the Madison area has skyrocketed over the past few years.  Madison Police officers respond to heroin and other opiate related overdoses and deaths on a frequent basis.   First responders are aware that heroin depresses the central nervous system. This … [read more]

September 3, 2014 11:21 AM

Each day, emails are sent out to our Department by the Officer-in-Charge giving a summary of the calls that occurred throughout Madison on each shift.  Unfortunately, it has become rare that we don’t read about a heroin overdose or death on a regular basis.  Heroin addiction is plaguing our … [read more]

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