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State officials tout growing heroin abuse problem in Wisconsin

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Heroin abuse is a problem in all of Wisconsin -- and officials hope to convince you of that during a public awareness campaign that begins Wednesday. 

State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen will hold a news conference in Madison with that city's police and fire chiefs and the Dane County sheriff. They'll highlight the impact of heroin use in the Madison area.

Similar news conferences are planned for Thursday in Wausau, Eau Claire, Appleton, and Sheboygan.  

Marathon County sheriff's official Gary Schneck said in May that more drug abusers in central Wisconsin have turned to heroin. He said it was after drug-makers added time release coatings to painkillers like Oxycontin, to try and cut down on their abuse. 

In late June, Van Hollen said the new awareness campaign would be coupled with grants to local law enforcement to fight heroin abuse.

At that time, he said there's no simple solution to fight the increase in heroin use -- and the state's approaching it from every angle it can.