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Eau Claire Police release map of Eau Claire methamphetamine incidents

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Eau Claire police created a methamphetamine map, showing where the most meth activity happens in the city.

The Methamphetamine Response Committee shared the map as part of a new campaign called #morethanMeth.  

The image highlights meth related incidents in Eau Claire within the last 15 months. The police department said the map mirrors Eau Claire's crime map, and police point to a connection between meth use and other issues, like burglary and child abuse.

The Eau Claire Police Department said two-thirds of their meth cases start with a call because of another crime.  

The Meth Response Committee said there were less than 20 meth related arrests in Eau Claire in all of 2012, but this year there have already been 100 arrests. 

Experts said meth use is on the rise in northwestern Wisconsin because of geography. They said it is being trafficked into Eau Claire through the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. Officers said  moving meth made prices one-third of what they used to be 10 years ago. 

"Eau Claire is still a safe community," Eau Claire Deputy Chief of Police Matt Rokus said. "The stakeholders that are working together and our other partners, we have a better understanding of what is causing the issues of crime and other social issues, and in Eau Claire's case, it is methamphetamine."

Nov. 30 is nationally recognized as Meth Awareness Day, and it will be highlighted locally with a news conference in Eau Claire as a part of the #morethanMeth campaign. 

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