Addressing Growing Meth Problem In FDL
If you attended the City of Fond du Lac Labor Day parade earlier this week you may have noticed a City garbage truck with a sign reading, “The Stuff in Here is the Stuff in Meth.”
The City of Fond du Lac Police Department is deeply concerned about the growing presence of meth in the area, including here in Fond du Lac. In some parts of east/central and northeast Wisconsin drug investigators are now actually seizing more meth than they are heroin. In the Fond du Lac area, heroin is still the most widely seized drug but our drug task force investigators are seeing increasingly greater amounts of meth with each passing month. So, that unfortunate trend is seemingly emerging in Fond du Lac as well.
Our community is far too familiar with the deadly effects of heroin and opioid use and the tragic numbers of deaths that have occurred because of it. However, because we are beginning to see more meth in our area we want everyone to clearly understand that, although a different drug, meth is equally as dangerous, toxic and deadly as heroin.
As with heroin, the dangerous consequences associated with meth use come with negative consequences for everyone, not just those who use. Our community came together to help fight the heroin and opioid epidemic, and we will need to do the same as the presence of meth continues to grow – it will take a community to help prevent meth use and support those seeking help.
Over the course of the next few months the City of Fond du Lac Police Department and Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County will be providing awareness opportunities to the public regarding meth use and what to look for if you suspect someone is using meth.
The sign on the garbage truck was meant to help draw people’s attention to this emerging problem, and was a result of a partnership with:
• The City of Fond du Lac Police Department
• The City of Fond du Lac Department of Public Works
• Hopper’s Silk Screening and All Star Trophy of Fond du Lac
• Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County (DFC)
It would not have been possible without the financial and resource support provided by Hopper’s Silk Screening and All Star Trophy who generously donated the sign. Additionally, the resource support by the City of Fond du Lac Department of Public Works and DFC were instrumental in this community awareness campaign.
“The growing meth presence has the potential to be as equally devastating to our community as the heroin and opioid epidemic has been. We want people to start talking about the dangers of this drug in their homes, workplaces, and amongst family members and friends. By doing so, everyone can help to make a difference.” Chief William Lamb – Chief of Police of the City of Fond du Lac Police Department and member of Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County