New Chippewa County task force to combat methamphetamine

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) -- A new county-wide effort to combat meth addiction is beginning in Chippewa County.

Chippewa County Administrator, Randy Scholz, said that planning for this new campaign started in June.

“I was shocked to hear how many of our departments were dealing with meth,” said Scholz. “I didn't realize meth was such a big problem in this area.”

He said the purpose is to gather community members and organizations around the county to help create solutions. Scholz said meth is an epidemic in the county, and he's hopeful this new task force will help combat the issue.

This new task force is led by organizational consultants based out of Madison. It will be comprised of seven different groups coming together to create small solutions to this big problem.

He said the groups will include businesses, the faith-based community, schools, hospitals, and non-profit, service organizations.

“Everybody's going to look at it a little different and come up with different ways to solve the problem,” said Scholz.

Scholz says a core group will meet every month to continue planning.

He says he's certain the community will provide support and he hopes the task force will be up and running by the end of this year.