BARRON COUNTY -- The Barron County Community Coalition, Sheriff’s Department and Department of Health and Human Services joins organizations across the state to recognize November 30th as Meth Awareness Day.

This day is an opportunity for everyone in Wisconsin to learn more about the dangers of methamphetamine (meth) use and addiction, and what actions can be taken to prevent it. To help bring awareness and action to Barron County, community members are invited to attend a Meth Awareness Day lunch and learn on November 30th from 12:00pm-1:00pm. During the event, community members will be asked for input on how they can help. The event will be held at the WITC conference center in Rice Lake and lunch will be provided.

Meth is a growing problem in Wisconsin. KNOW METH AWARENESS DAY allows the community to work together to help fight this epidemic. In 2015, the Barron County Department of Health and Human Services spent 1.2 million dollars providing services to individuals and families impacted by meth. In 2017, that number more than doubled to 2.8 million. As a result, in 2017, 8 out 10 Barron County children in foster care were removed from their home due to meth.

“Our goal is to encourage people to talk to their children and family members about the risks and dangers of meth and to get involved by supporting local efforts in taking action to prevent meth use,” stated Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff. “With your help we can make a difference in our community.”

Community members are encouraged to participate in KNOW METH AWARENESS DAY

  • Talk to your children, friends, and family members about the risks and dangers of meth
  • Learn about the risks and get the facts about meth: www.knowmethwi.org
  • Report suspicious activity to the Meth tip line: 715-537-METH
  • If you come across suspected meth lab waste, immediately contact your local law enforcement agency
  • Attend the KNOW METH AWARENESS DAY lunch and lean on November 30th

Visit knowmethwi.org to learn more.


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