AG warns meth threat on par with opioids

Attorney General Brad Schimel is warning legislators that methamphetamine use has quietly surged in Wisconsin and now presents as serious a threat as opioids.

Schimel made the remarks during a presentation Thursday to the Legislature’s criminal justice committees on methamphetamine. He said that state laws making access to methamphetamine ingredients have made it harder to operate local labs but Mexican drug cartels are now producing most of the meth for sale in Wisconsin. He said the Mexican-produced meth is more potent, more addictive and cheaper.

He praised police and policy makers for battling opioids but implored them to turn their attention to meth.

FBI agents also are expected to address the committees.