Sunday - November 19, 2017 9:59 pm

Drug abusers becoming more unaware of the harm they're doing to selves

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La Crosse committee wants to reverse that perception

Drugs are harmful. It seems obvious, but the perception of harm by those who abuse it is crossing into a gray area.

It's getting bad enough that a La Crosse County committee wants to reverse that perception.

Al Bliss from the county heroin task force is worried about the growing ignorance of harm from drug use.

"We're not always aware of the negative consequences of what these drugs have," he said. "Over time what w'eve noticed is that this perception of harm has decreased."

Bliss has found a decreased 'perception of harm' in statewide surveys of young people, where they're asked about risky types of behavior.

He wants to develop some educational activities with the La Crosse County Prevention Network.

Bliss says a change in generations, and the media, may be big factors in the perception that some addictive products may not be so bad.

Last modified on Sunday - November 19, 2017 10:08 pm
Brad Williams

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from U-W-La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area.  Brad writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse.  He's been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.  

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