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A second "Pushback" activity Tuesday to help fight drug abuse


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU)  --  Two months ago, several leaders announced Pushback Against Drug Abuse. That effort brought together health officials, law enforcement, and government leaders to kick off a campaign to help stop illegal drug use and help the people addicted to the drugs.

Today, Pushback Against Drug Abuse has an event on the 400 Block stage in downtown Wausau.

AOD Partnership’s Melissa Dotter says people can learn things they can do to help by attending this event.  She says there are things we can learn to help identify drug problems.

There have been many more drug-related arrests in Marathon County lately, and Dotter says many of them can be traced to people reaching out to tip lines.

Pushback Against Drug Abuse is also focussing on helping people addicted to drugs and alcohol to get their lives back. Dotter says many people have a false perception of what an addict is, adding it can be a friend, neighbor, coworker, or family member because addition has no socio-economic boundaries.  "It's not the image of a drug addict we've seen portrayed on TV and in movies."

Alcohol and tobacco are often seen as gateway drugs, and lead people to experiment with more dangerous substances later.

Dotter says the Pushback effort has been successful so far at both exposing drug suppliers and getting help for users that need it. Several other communities and the state are monitoring the success of Pushback Against Drug Abuse, and may use the program as a model elsewhere in Wisconsin.

Today’s activities begin at 9:00 a.m. on the Wausau 400 block.

More information about Pushback Against Drug Abuse is available at their website.