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Drug problems increasing in rural northern Wisconsin

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Drugs and drug paraphernalia are seen in this file photo. REUTERS/Bor Slana
Drugs and drug paraphernalia are seen in this file photo. REUTERS/Bor Slana

UNDATED (WSAU) - Drug problems are growing in rural Wisconsin. Methamphetamines and heroin are the two biggest problems in many areas.

Along the Michigan-Wisconsin border, heroin related problems include robbery. People arrested for robbery often have heroin in their bodies, making it an expensive and labor-intensive challenge for jail staff to deal with the addiction problems of inmates.

In northwestern Wisconsin, investigators are finding more and more methamphetamines. After some success in curbing the drug’s use before 2010, meth is booming again. Eau Claire police have sent over 400 suspected methamphetamine samples to the state crime lab. 41 of those cases are from Barron County. Police say the number of meth cases is up 86% over last year. Authorities believe the meth problem is due to a demand for the drug in the Twin Cities area.

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