2 Wisconsin lawmakers affected by drug overdose cases

Two Wisconsin political figures were swept up Wednesday in apparent drug overdose cases in the latest examples of how drug addiction plagues the state despite a myriad of legislative efforts to curb it.

In one case, Cassandra Nygren, the 28-year-old daughter of Republican state Rep. John Nygren, was booked into the Brown County jail early Wednesday on suspicion of first-degree reckless homicide/deliver drugs and manufacture/delivery of heroin, among other potential charges. She has not yet been formally charged.

Separately, word surfaced that authorities searched former state Democratic Party Executive Director Jason Sidener’s Fitchburg home after a woman died from a drug overdose. A search warrant filed this week said Sidener told police he woke up Sept. 12 to find a 30-year-old woman in his house “breathing really weird.” He took her to the hospital, suspecting heroin use, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

“Stories today are another reminder that addiction crisis knows no boundaries,” Republican Gov. Scott Walker tweeted. “Prayers for all in the fight.”

Brown County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Todd Delain told USA Today Network-Wisconsin that Cassandra Nygren and a 33-year-old man were arrested in a recent drug death. Delain would not…

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