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La Crosse County Drug Task Force learns from Dane County

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—The La Crosse County Drug Task Force learned Thursday what's working well for a similar group in Dane County, a more hands on approach with users.

Lisa Bullard-Cawthorne, Health Education Coordinator Dane County said many people first start using drugs because of a mental health issue.  They think they're not good enough or don't have self confidence and drugs help them forget.

So Dane County is not only working on drug prevention, but helping treat mental illness.

They've also stepped up their efforts with prescription medication disposal.

Instead of waiting for the few times a year the for the drug take back days they've installed permanent drop boxes in some Dane County Police Departments.

Last year, they collected 4.4 tons of unused medicine.

"So we know we're making a big difference in terms of medicine being in the wrong hands of people diverting it," Bullard-Cawthorne said.  "We're making a difference in term of environment because people are not flushing it down the toilet."

The Drug Task Force will start developing their own strategies for solving the drug problem in La Crosse County at their first meeting of the new year on January 2.

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