‘Really on the rise:’ Sheboygan Co. prosecutor says meth is making a comeback in Wisconsin

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Joel Urmanski

SHEBOYGAN COUNTY -- According to prosecutors in Sheboygan County, meth is making a comeback in Wisconsin -- with cases involving the drug doubling over the past three years.

"The numbers have just trended. It's really on the rise," said Joel Urmanski, district attorney.

Mugshots show the faces of suspects who have made recent appearances at the Sheboygan County Courthouse.

"It's still a very nasty drug. It's dangerous. It's one that you can die from," said Urmanski.

Urmanski said in 2016, there were 33 cases involving possession of meth in Sheboygan County, followed by 52 in 2017.

"As of early to mid-December in 2018, we already had 63, so we just see it keep going," said Urmanski.

Sheboygan County isn't alone. The Milwaukee County medical examiner said 2018 brought new cases of meth-related deaths -- cases the medical examiner described as unusual.

Prosecutors said they could only speculate on the reason for the resurgence. Urmanski said users and dealers might be viewing the drug as less deadly than heroin and fentanyl.

"You have others who may have easier access, or may be making it on your own, so they are seeing it as easier or cheaper to use. No one is immune -- whether it is Milwaukee, Sheboygan or any county. Methamphetamine and its use is a real problem," said Urmanski.

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