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State DOJ reviewing applications for one time grants to fight heroin abuse

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The state Justice Department will soon give grants to local law enforcement to fight heroin use – and teach the rest of us about the dangers of the drug.

A number of agencies have applied for the one-time grants.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says the funds will help police, social service agencies, and health care providers work as a team to prevent and treat heroin use.

Justice officials are currently reviewing the applications.

Also, Van Hollen says a statewide educational campaign will be launched in late summer or early fall. It will include radio and TV announcements, plus a Web page teaching the dangers of heroin.

Van Hollen says heroin abuse has become prolific in every part of Wisconsin.

He says there’s no simple solution to fight the increase in the drug’s use so quote, “We’re trying to approach it from every angle that we can.”