Rep. Nygren's Daughter: Addicted to Heroin, Pushing Dad's Bills - WBAY

Rep. Nygren's Daughter: Addicted to Heroin, Pushing Dad's Bills

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Marinette -

It's another Friday night.

Cassie Nygren sits in the Marinette County Jail.

Her story is like a growing number across Northeast Wisconsin, in and out of the criminal justice system, and addicted to heroin.

Earlier this fall, Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) introduced a number of bills aimed at helping reduce the state's heroin problem.

Cassie is John's daughter.

She fled to Texas, violating her probation, while her dad was drafting the legislation.

Ironic, to some extent, but now Cassie is back in the Marinette County Jail.

"I've become something I never expected to become," Cassie told Action 2 News in a jailhouse interview Friday. "I see somebody in the mirror I never thought I'd see. I don't recognize myself. I was raised right, given morals to not do things that I've done, so every time I come back here to try it again, I can't bear it. It's like a label I'm never going to be able to shake. So I turn back to the drugs."

Rep. Nygren has said he feels he can sleep best at night when his daughter is in jail or prison.

"That hurts," Cassie said. "Because at the same time it makes me believe, 'Is this all I'm ever going to be you know? And I'm here because nobody believes I can do it out there?"'

The legislation is called The HOPE Agenda for Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education.

Public hearings on the bills will most likely happen in January, Rep. Nygren's staff said.

Sunday on Action 2 News at 10 you'll hear more from Cassie and John about the legislation and motivation behind it.

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