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Marathon County officials ask public to help push back against drugs

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -

For Bailey Eschmann it's personal.

"I have lost a lot of friends to drugs. It's extremely important to me that this message is out there because of it," Eschmann, a senior in high school explained.

That's why she's teamed up with the Marathon County Alcohol and Other Drugs Program in the "Pushback Against Drugs" effort.

"If we can get everyone working together it just increases the chance that we can change something," Eschmann said.

The statewide campaign focuses on getting drugs off the streets. Leaders say they need the public's help to do that.

"The communities role is essential," Wausau Police Captain Ben Bliven said. "It really is going to make or break the entire issue."

During a news conference Tuesday, Captain Bliven encouraged citizens to work with their local law enforcement officers by reporting suspicious drug activity.

"It's going to make all the difference in the world because we can't be places all the time so we need people to help us out and to watch for things," Bliven explained.

Several other speakers addressed the crowd. A local drug prevention specialist said friends and family play a key part in preventing drug abuse.

"We need to get the kids to see how dangerous this is and then get the parents to take a stand too and not just say, it's just alcohol or it's just marijuana, because those are the chemicals that can lead to more dangerous drugs," Sue Nowak said.

Leaders of the "Pushback Against Drugs" program say their work is far from over. But, with the help of the community, and people like Bailey Eschmann doing their part, they can make a difference.

For more information on the Pushback campaign click here: http://healthymarathoncounty.org/2013/04/new-campaign-to-pushback-illicit-drugs/

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