Marathon County's Drug Problems: What is working, what is left to be done

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email

In the past year, a lot of good things have happened in the battle against drugs in Marathon County. But there is still a long way to go.

Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks says in the past year, our community has made great strides in controlling the drug problem. What is helping to do that, is the addition of three K-9 officers to the force.

"The Sheriff's Office is now running interdictions on a monthly basis, sometimes twice a month where we have x number of patrol cars assigned to one of our K-9 units," Parks said, "and they go out to an area and target individuals that would be involved with the controlled substance trafficking trade."

You are playing a huge role in cleaning up our streets as well.

"Now we're starting to see where individuals are talking about impacts around their school systems, or impacts around their business districts," Parks said.

But the reality is, we still have a long way to go.

A partner of the Marathon County Alcohol & Other Drug Partnership says realizing our community's needs is the first step.

"I think about how much has to be done and its a work in progress, things like developing programming, writing for grants and getting the funds to be able to do it," Deb Piskoty said.

She says one thing you can do right now is become a positive role model.

"Children need to have the best opportunities they can, and to have somebody show them the way, and its really hard for them to do it on their own," Piskoty said, "and one person can make that difference. one person."

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