It was the classic good news/bad news report Monday afternoon.

   As a group of stakeholders met for a “Four Pillars” update on how Drug-Free Communities is approaching the opioid problem in the area, Ripon Police Sgt. John Teachout offered a mixed bag of news.

   “I think we nipped the meth problem. We got those meth lab users right away. As a matter of a fact, last week one of them was sentenced and went to prison for it,” he said. “So, we haven’t seen a lot of meth ...

   “Now the big thing is fentanyl.”

   Fentanyl, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, is “a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent.”

   It’s a Schedule II prescription drug “typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery.”

   But that’s not exactly what’s flooding the drug market now, Teachout explained.

Read the full story, with additional information about how the group plans to measure the scope of problems at Ripon High School, in the March 2, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.