From 2014-2018, Dunn County had nearly one and a half times more methamphetamine submissions to the state crime lab than Milwaukee County. (Wisconsin Crime Lab)
In 2016, Dunn County had the third highest percentage (31.8%) of prisoners admitted to state prison that abuse methamphetamine. (Wisconsin Deptartment of Corrections)
In 2017 and 2018, 33% of inmates assessed in Dunn County indicated they used methamphetamine and the average rating for use was chronicled as severe. (Dunn County Criminal Justice Collaborating Council)
From 2015 to July of 2019, MPD investigated 173 incidents resulting in arrests for methamphetamine, delivery of methamphetamine and/or possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.
Between 2013 -2017, child abuse and neglect reports dramatically increased by 111%. (Dunn County News, 2019)
Out-of-home children placement costs in Dunn County rose from $750,000 to over $1.2 million in one year, between 2017 and 2018 (Solberg, 2019, Leader-Telegram)
From January 2015 through May 2019, the Menomonie Police Department referred 881 juveniles for criminal violations including drugs and violence. (MPD Records)
$424 million is the estimated annual economic cost of methamphetamine use, including the cost of health care and lost productivity. (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)
As of July 24, 2019, there were approximately 2,293 ambulance runs for suspected overdoses with 2,726 naloxone doses administered in West Central Wisconsin. (Wisconsin Suspected Opioid Overdose Report, 2019)
897,000 people 12 years and older currently use meth (U.S. Department of Justice’s 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment Report)
5716 people died in the U.S. as a result of methamphetamine overdose. (U.S. Department of Justice’s 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment)
Project Hope is an evidence-based program used to reduce methamphetamine/opioid addictions and their ancillary crimes. Project Hope consists of four strategic pillars that holistically address drug addiction and crime. The pillars are Prevention, Treatment, Enforcement and Harm Reduction.
The Prevention Pillar encompasses strategies directed towards educating youth, parents and the community at large.
The Treatment Pillar focuses on deflecting/diverting offenders away from the criminal justice system towards treatment opportunities. Components include:
The Enforcement Pillar utilizes law enforcement strategies focusing on curbing the illegal sale of controlled substances and deflecting addicts away from the criminal justice system. The Enforcement Pillar also provides for juvenile diversion programs that educate low level delinquents in an effort to avoid exposure to the criminal justice system. Components include:
The Harm Reduction Pillar uses education, activities and programs driven towards improving the overall quality of life for our communities.
In this virtual event we discuss Project Hope including information on current initiatives and future steps.
The program's top ongoing need is mentors for children. We have partnered with Mentor Chippewa to connect mentees with adults who want to genuinely make a difference in their community and childrens' lives.
Interested community members are also encouraged to visit the website www.mentorchippewa.org for more information about the program, including time commitments and responsibilities, mentor applications, and more.
Financial contributions are also accepted and will be used to support the program and its mission. This can encompass treatment costs, mental health donations, and cover the cost of items needed for those who are in the program.
Donations are accepted through the Community Foundation of Dunn County. Donations can be made online or sent via the mail to the Community Foundation and should reference that they are to be used for Project Hope.
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