Recent drug bust addresses need for heroin education
Story By Dan McKinney
WAUSAU - Heroin is a growing problem in the Northwoods. Police in Waupaca pulled over Forest Molski on Wednesday. Inside the car they found heroin.
Police met in Wausau Thursday to start up a campaign to attack heroin abuse. Heroin is highly addictive and now becoming the party drug of choice across the state.
That's why the Wisconsin Department of Justice is introducing a new campaign to educate everyone on the dangers of the illicit drug.
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was in Wausau Thursday. He introduced "The Fly Effect." It's a website that takes you through the downward spiral of heroin addiction.
"We have an exploding problem that we need to address we need to find what's going to work and we need to address it on a statewide basis," says J.B. Van Hollen, Attorney General.
Wausau police are trying to address the problem locally. They received a $25,000 grant from the Department of Justice. The money will be used to teach people about the heroin problem in the area.
"It's easier for drug officers to go out and find heroin than it is other drugs," says Wausau Police Chief Jeffrey Hardel. "So that's the number one drug that the officers are dealing with on the street, it's the number one drug that our drug team has seen as far as being sold, and so it is escaladed to a point where it's close I would say to epidemic."
Over the last two years, ten people died of heroin use in Wausau.
WISCONSIN - The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling received a record number of phone calls to the helpline in 2014â€"14,731 to be exact. This is a 5.6 percent increase from calls received in 2013.
Some of the callers reported having to file for bankruptcy or having thoughts of suicide. The report from the Council also calculated $47,000 as the average gambling debt of callers in 2014, and $20,000 as the median debt.
PHILLIPS - The Price County Sheriff's Office wants to find out what it needs to do to get a K-9 officer. Sheriff Brian Schmidt believes a new dog would improve the office's ability to find drugs.
The county doesn't have its own K-9 officer. However, they do turn to other departments for help.
"What we would utilize is surrounding counties, and it is at their discretion," Schmidt said. "Like Rhinelander, we utilize their dog on occasion, maybe once or twice a year. But again, it is their dog, so they have their needs come first. So if we have our own equipment, our needs are met with our equipment."
VILAS COUNTY - Many snowmobile trails in Eagle River still need more grooming after all three trail groomers went out of service. The trails didn't get groomed for four days last week because all three of the Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club's trail groomers need repairs.
The club hasn't had all of their groomers working for a couple of weeks. Sno-Eagles President Ken Storms said the trails took a big hit last week when all three went down. The club says it has made a concerted effort to catch up with trail grooming, and get the trails smoothed out.
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