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A Northwoods-based addiction treatment facility is trying a new approach to treatment that they hope becomes a model for others to follow.

Executive Director of Family Health Center, Greg Nycz spoke last week after the opening of the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Center in Minocqua.

He says they've worked with physicians to reduce opioid prescriptions, and have come up with testing and treatment in the hope of ending a troubling cycle....

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Next we hear from Sheila Weix, Director of Substance Abuse Services for Marshfield Clinic and Family Health Center. A recent report found methamphetamine use has risen by more than 200 percent and is now on par with another Wisconsin drug problem: opioid use.

Weix was invited by Attorney General Brad Schimel to be on a panel presenting information about methamphetamine use to legislators.

Ken Krall talks with Weix about what they're seeing with this addictive drug...

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Four Rhinelander residents are facing charges in Oneida county after a coordinated drug bust seeking methamphetamine on Monday.

The Sheriff's Department reports 44 year old Joel Hughes, 41 year old Chantil Rahlf, 23 year old Nicole Johnson and 27 year old Justin Helvey were arrested. T

he arrests were part of a Northcentral Drug Enforcement Group Task Force investigation, including the Sheriff's office, Rhinelander Police and Wisconsin Department of Justice.

The names of the five suspects arrested this week in Rhinelander as part of a drug bust have been released.

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department reports the bust took place at 718 Margaret Street. Arrested were Andrea Healy, Jute Handrick, Andi Hansen, Ronald Ross, Jr. and Richard Nitschke.

No other details about the suspects were released. They made court appearances Friday  in Oneida County Circuit Court.

A fire Thursday morning in the town of Harrison, Lincoln county destroyed a home. Traffic had to be detoured for seven hours.

The Lincoln County Sheriff reports a garage along State Highway 17 Rhinelander was on fire about 4:15 this morning. The attached home had caught fire when authorities arrived to put out the blaze. The family escaped the burning structure with no injuries. Fire units from the towns of Crescent, Newbold, Pelican, Russell and the city of Rhinelander fought the blaze.

Highway 17 returned to normal traffic about noon.

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Two Lincoln county residents and one from Michigan are facing possible drug-related charges.

Merrill police report the arrest of 27 year old Michael Hedges of Tomahawk, 18 year old Jessica Rowan of Merrill and 28 year old Robert Sleik of Michigan.

Methamphetamine and multiple hypodermic syringes, and drug paraphernalia were alleged to have been found at a Tomahawk home.

The arrests come as part of a joint investigation involving Tomahawk and Merrill police departments, Lincoln County Sheriff's Department and the North Central Drug Enforcement Task Force.