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Program aims to fight back against drug abuse


Deanna Schuette has lived on Wausau's east side for more than five years. And through that time she's grown to care a lot about it.

"If we want to know what our neighborhood looks like than lets get involved for however long it is that we're here," Schuette said.

That's one reason why she attended the neighborhood watch meeting in Wausau. It was put on by the Marathon County Alcohol and other Drugs Partnership Council. The program focused on drug abuse in neighborhoods.

"When they're drug houses in their neighborhoods they (people) can feel like they don't want to go outside because they feel threatened," Lt. Ben Bliven of the Wausau Police Department said.

Authorities say drug abuse has risen during the past few years. One way to fight that is through neighborhood watch groups. 

"A drug problem isn't specifically a law enforcement problem but its a neighborhood problem," Lt. Bliven said.

Right now, the city of Wausau has four groups. Schuette is a member of one of them.

"If we all know each other a little bit better than there is this feeling of either, I'm not going to get away with this, or, I care about the picture of my life and want it to look different than drugs," Schuette said.

Community leaders, like Alcohol and Drug Consultant Sue Nowak agree.

"A household is in a neighborhood, which is in the city, so its not just one issue you have to look at every piece of the puzzle," Nowak said.

And they say putting together the entire puzzle will make the streets safer for everyone.

If you want more information about neighborhood watch groups near you, or you are interested in joining a group, click here for more information about how to get involved

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