Meth cases across the state increase as heroin decreases slightly

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WOOD COUNTY, Wis. (WSAW) -- It's a very addictive drug and is causing problems around the state, the number of meth cases in Wisconsin has increased over the past 5 years. Friday is declared Meth Awareness Day by state officials and they are hoping to raise awareness with the Know Meth campaign.

Marathon, Portage and Wood counties have some of the highest meth numbers in the state.

In 2017, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab confirmed 42 meth cases in Portage County, 50 meth cases in Marathon County and Wood County with 78 meth cases. Wood County is the fifth highest county in the state for meth arrests.

Health care officials and law enforcement in Wood County are trying to combat the growing problem in their area.

"Were sending officers to educate them on how to best detect and notice people that may be under the influence of and also the activities associated with the use like sales and distribution. It is always an evolving process," explained Lt. Darren Laron, Marshfield Police Department.

Marshfield Clinic Health Systems is also working to educate the public with their campaign. "We have a public awareness campaign called Know Meth that we are asking communities to partake in so all of our 50 coalitions that are apart of northwoods coalition are utilizing this campaign to get the message across their communities," said Kayleigh Mengel, Health Educator at Marshfield Clinic Health Systems.

To find out more about this campaign go to KnowMethWI.org.