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Just months after Alysa Ivy’s death from a drug overdose, Karen Hale told her daughter’s story to a crowd of more than 500 people at a community forum. To watch the forum, go to YouTube and search Heroin in Hudson. (Randy Hanson/Hudson Star-Observer).

A mother reaches out to understand heroin addiction

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HUDSON, Wis. -- When a New York Times reporter recently went looking for a story about heroin addiction, she ended up in Hudson talking to Karen Hale.


Hale lost her daughter Alysa Ivy, 21, to a drug overdose last May in a Hudson motel. But she believes the process of losing her daughter began the day she found out about her drug habit.

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Meg Heaton
Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
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