Eau Claire (WQOW) – On Friday, Attorney General Josh Kaul was in Eau Claire to explain how grant money will help prevent drug abuse in the Chippewa Valley.
The West Central Drug Task Force, which includes the Eau Claire County Sheriff’s Office, will get $50,000 in grant money from Wisconsin Act 261.
Those funds are to help law enforcement buy things for long-term investigators like undercover vehicles or surveillance equipment.
Kaul said if authorities can stop drugs from spreading in our backyards they can stop people from using.
“It’s really strained county budgets across the state, so we need to work to reverse that trend, we need to work to reduce opioid related deaths, and we need to work to address the meth crisis that we’re now facing too,” Kaul said.
He added he believes this grant money can help significantly reduce the number of families affected by the meth and opioid epidemics. He hopes it will also make it easier for authorities to help families recover.