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Meth use on the rise in Central Wisconsin

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MARATHON COUNTY (WAOW) -- Health officials say methamphetamine use is on the rise here in Central Wisconsin.

They say the highly addictive drug can do serious damage to users' bodies.

It's a drug that is made with fairly common but toxic products. 

"When you look at some of the chemicals that are used to manufacture the  methamphetamines, those can have a long term impact on your body as well," said Melissa Dotter, the drug free communities coordinator with the Marathon County Health Department.

Health experts say meth can have a lot of effects, including convulsions, depression and dental problems.

The chemicals used to make meth can take a toll on the environment.

"If a lab is being erected out in the outdoor area sometimes the contamination seeps into the ground water, seeps into the soil, sometimes these individuals don't care about the by product or the waste product that they have so they dispose of it wherever they possibly can," said Marathon County Sheriff Scott Parks.

He said the number of people arrested for meth related offenses rose from 54 in 2013 to 68 in 2014.

"When you look at Marathon County we're in such a unique position where we have drugs such as meth coming over from the Twin Cities, we drugs such as heroin coming up from Chicago and Milwaukee. We are at the crossroads of distribution in Central and Northern Wisconsin," said Dotter.

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