The University of Wisconsin-River Falls and the St. Croix County Community Justice Collaborating Council are teaming up on a substance use survey, according to a news release. 

The survey will serve as a tool to develop an understanding of the needs of those in St. Croix County affected by substance use, as well as the risk factors driving substance use in local communities. 

Responses will guide decision-making and strategies that will aim to address the needs and risks with the goal of driving early prevention and intervention programs. 

The survey is now open through August. It can be found at  uwrf.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cTLf2P3DUq9icHb.

The community-based survey research is a cost-effective solution that allows a community to tailor specific responses to its own needs, UWRF Assistant Professor Phillip Galli and treatment court coordinator Kimberly Kitzberger said. 

“Rather than throw more time, money and resources at a solution that worked somewhere else, local leaders can develop strategies meant just for their communities,” Galli and Kizberger said in a statement. 

Substance use always comes with the risk that it might lead to addiction, mental health concerns and other social problems such as family issues and legal trouble, the release said. Key stakeholders across St. Croix County have been working over the last few months to gain a better understanding of substance use and its impacts in the county. 

“Substance use disorders are complex healthcare issues. Prevention strategies and treatment  interventions need to be informed and specific for individuals and families seeking support.  Information gathered in this survey will help direct those unique prevention and treatment  programs for our community,” St. Croix County AODA Supervisor Kristin DePrey said. 

How to get help 

If your or a loved one is struggling with substance use, help and support can be found at: 

St. Croix County Behavioral Health

Visit: sccwi.gov/249/Substance-Use-Disorder or call 715-246-8255.

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline  

Visit: addictionhelpwi.org or call 211 or 833-944-4673. 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Visit: samhsa.gov/find-help/ or call 1-800-662-HELP (4357).

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