Study shows meth use growing in Wisconsin

Up to 300 percent increases reported
Posted at 7:55 PM, Jan 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-11 21:07:38-05

A new study by the FBI and Wisconsin Department of Justice says methamphetamine usage is growing statewide.

The study took a year and a half to complete, and shows that over a five year period, meth usage likely increased between 250 and 300 percent in parts Wisconsin.

Milwaukee FBI intelligence analyst John Kumm authored the study.

"It certainly is a problem that has been growing. This isn't just a law enforcement issue, it's a community issue, so it takes law enforcement, but it takes treatment services, it takes health services, it takes child services, it takes DAs and elected officials," Kumm said.

Much of the increase is in the northern and western parts of the state. Dodge, Jefferson, Racine and Kenosha are impacted locally.

"It's very unique and very troubling," Kumm said.

The study concludes meth is coming to Wisconsin from Mexico, California and Minnesota.

"Primarily meth is trafficked into the state either directly from Mexico to Wisconsin or from Mexico to California and then to Wisconsin or from Mexico to Minneapolis then over to Wisconsin," Kumm said.

Kumm believes the numbers can be put to use in battling a growing problem.

"It takes everybody to come up with a plan and to kind of combat this in their community," he said.

Kumm says Milwaukee County isn't seeing an increase in drug usage, but studies show it is coming this way.