Green Lake County Health and Human Services Director Jason Jerome, left, tells Attorney General Brad Schimel about the efforts his department has enacted attempting to combat drug addictions. Listening are, from left, Green Lake County Board Chairman Harley Reabe and town of Brooklyn Board Chairman Mike Wuest.
Green Lake County Health and Human Services Director Jason Jerome, left, tells Attorney General Brad Schimel about the efforts his department has enacted attempting to combat drug addictions. Listening are, from left, Green Lake County Board Chairman Harley Reabe and town of Brooklyn Board Chairman Mike Wuest.

How can counties such as Green Lake combat the surging tidal wave of drug addictions threatening to engulf the country?

Resources.

Resources for treatment. Resources for prevention. For education. For health services. For foster parents. For employment.

That was the message local law enforcement, government officials and others sent during Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel’s visit to the county last week Friday.

The state’s top prosecutor held a roundtable discussion for public servants, from police chiefs to county lawyers to elected officials, that touched on many facets of drug abuse, from mental health to cultural changes to childhood trauma.

While much of the recent national discussion on addiction has centered around the opioid epidemic, the talk at the Green Lake County Sheriff’s Department took an overall view of drug problems, including heroin, fentanyl, meth and marijuana.

“We’re getting the whole gamut here,” Green Lake County Sheriff Mark Podoll said. “For being a small county, we’ve come across a lot of stuff.”

Read the full story, including the many drug-related issues facing county employees and law enforcement, in the Nov. 9, 2017 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.