Meth cases have plummeted in western Wisconsin. In 2005, the state legislature passed a law making it much more difficult to access the pseudoephedrine and ephedrine used to make meth. Jeff Wilson heads the West Central Drug Task Force. Wilson says that's been key in decreasing meth activy in Western Wisconsin, along with an aggressive campaign of investigation and prosecution, and educating the public about the drug's dangers.
Wilson says the amount of meth cases compared to cocaine cases is down significantly. The drug task force has eight full time officers who investigate drug crimes in six counties. In 2007, meth cases reflected a nearly 50% decline statewide since 2005.