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kNOw Meth Barron County 

kNOw Meth Barron County is an initiative to address the challenges methamphetamine (meth) poses in our community. We strive to promote awareness, prevent use, and support treatment and recovery options to build a meth-free Barron County. 

What is methamphetamine (meth)?

Meth is a powerful, highly addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system (1).

Meth also goes by the nicknames: Ice, Speed, Chalk, Crystal, Glass, Crank, Yaba, Fire, Tina, Tweak, Poor Man's Cocaine, Uppers, Trash, Yellow Barn, Methlies Quick, Stove Top, Go Fast (2)

Meth usually comes in a white or yellowish crystalline powder, crystals, or a pill. This drug can be snorted, smoked, injected, or swallowed (2). It is made of a variety of chemcials. As a result there are many harmful short and long term effects to the health of meth users - click to view short-term and long-term side effects (1). 

In addition to the effects on users, meth use impacts family, friends and the community.

Meth  in Wisconsin (3)

The impact of Meth on Barron County 

  • More children are being removed from their homes due to methamphetamine related concerns and exposure.

  • More parents are having their parental rights terminated because of their meth use. 

  • More cases of unborn babies being exposed to methamphetamine by parents.

  • Responding to methamphetamine problem in our community is costing tax dollars:

    • Law Enforcement, Health and Human Services, and Healthcare costs are all rising due to methamphetamine.  

What we are doing

  • Drug Court

  • 537-METH tip line

  • Engaging in local and regional task forces

  • Hosted educational Meth Town Hall Meetings throughout Barron County

  • Co-Hosted a Regional Meth Stakeholders Meeting with community coalitions from Burnett, Polk, Rusk, and Washburn counties on Nov 30, 2016. 

  • Active involvement in the Northwoods Coaliiton Methamphetamine Workgroup

  • Meeting with representatives to discuss the challenges meth poses

  • Exploring treatment and recovery options for the area

  • Presenting kNOw Meth Barron County information at local and statewide events

  • Presenting the "Hiding in Plain Sight" Mock Bedroom throughout Barron County to promote awareness of possible signs of drug use.

What you can do

  • Report suspicious behavior to the Meth Tip Line at: (715) 537-Meth

  • Talk to your kids, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other young people in your life about the dangers of meth and other drug use. 

  • Contact your local elected officials 

  • Follow kNOw Meth Barron County on Facebook 

  • Join Barron County Community Coalition to be apart of the solution

Press Releases

Other Information & Resources

Barron County Resources


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