Menomonie (WQOW) - A proposed program we first shared back in February, has officially launched.
'Project Hope' is a collaboration between the city of Menomonie and it's police department, aimed to stop the growing problem of methamphetamine.
According to the city's police department, Dunn County has almost 1.5 times more meth submissions to the state crime lab than Milwaukee County.
The program will focus on a new approach to solving drug addiction, including harm reduction and the root of addiction.
Phase one of the four-phase project will start with the city's schools, working to get high-risk students the help they need.
"It took a collaborative partnership between law enforcement, the mayor, community partners," says Menomonie Police Chief Erik Atkinson. "I'm just very grateful that we're in a community and in an area that is embracing a culture of rehabilitation and looking at alternative methods to help people who are struggling."
The program is looking for community help. The main need in phase one is volunteers for their Child Mentoring program. Visit here for more information.