10/6/17 – A group that is focused on putting an end to the growing problem of opiate abuse is holding an event this weekend intended to raise awareness for the problem and money for the treatment. The Stop Heroin Now Recovery Rally is meant bring people together to build a strong network that could help bridge the gap between pre-and-post treatment. The event will feature a number of informational booths with representatives from local support groups for those struggling with addiction and their families. Speakers include former addicts, family members of loved ones lost to heroin, recovery coaches and the Dodge County Sheriff. Stop Heroin Now Secretary Abe Nirscho will also be speaking. Nirscho has been sober for one year and says recovery is possible for anyone regardless of who they are and what they’ve been through. In addition to raising awareness, the registered 501C-3 non-profit is also raising money through raffles, auction items and direct donations. Jessica Geschke, who is the president Stop Heroin Now, says it takes $550 to send a heroin user to a 32-day inpatient treatment facility or a 30-day sober living house. To date the group has given that opportunity to 130 people. The Stop Heroin Now Recovery Rally runs from 9am until 2pm Saturday, rain or shine, at Tower Lanes in Beaver Dam.