Top Cop Goes Above and Beyond to Stop Opioid and Heroin Traffickers

Sgt. James Madden of the Douglas County Sheriff's Department. Photo Source: Wall Street Journal

Sergeant James Madden and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department were featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal recently for their efforts to stop opioids and heroin from continuing to wreak havoc in their community:


“During an attempted drug-trafficking bust this spring on Chicago’s South Side, police Sgt. James Madden took off running after a young man, chasing him into a darkened yard before losing the trail.


Sgt. Madden didn’t know where he was going. That’s because he works for a sheriff’s office 500 miles away, in the northwestern corner of Wisconsin.


The officer’s work doesn’t normally take him so far from his home of Superior, Wis., (population 27,000), but today’s drug trade is imposing unprecedented new burdens on small-town law enforcement. He made the eight-hour drive to pursue a Chicagoan who allegedly traveled to Superior to sell large quantities of a dangerous drug called fentanyl, a synthetic opioid up to 50 times as potent as heroin.”


Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Sgt. Madden, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, and local law enforcement just like them from around the state, we’re catching the dealers who are introducing dangerous opiates, like fentanyl, into our communities.


Law enforcement isn’t the only group on the frontlines of the prescription painkiller and heroin epidemic in Wisconsin. Every citizen in our state has the ability to prevent this epidemic from doing more damage to our communities.


On Saturday, October 22, 2016, dispose of any unwanted or unneeded prescription painkillers and other medications at Drug Take Back site near you. To find a site near you, go to:


For more information on what you can bring to Drug Take Back Day, go to: