BARABOO (WKOW) -- For a community that wants to get ahead of the heroin epidemic, technology may be the next step. The Sauk County Sheriff's Office has applied for a state grant that would pay for a phone app targeting heroin use.
"How do we reach the individuals in our community that we're having and seeing with the heroin issues," Chief Deputy Kevin Fults says about the brainstorming process.
Fults says the Sauk County Sheriff had an idea to get to people through their smart phones. He says it's a creative way to combat a growing problem. The Sauk County Sheriff's Office says they've had three heroin-related deaths this year and heroin arrests have been going up since 2010.
The app will speak to those in their late teens to late 20s. "The deaths that we've that are related to heroin are in this age category," Fults tells WKOW.
He says the app would provide resources and connect its users to public health, human services, hospitals and crisis lines. There will also be a section to take tips.
"These individuals when they get on it, we're seeing more crimes with it, more burglaries, more thefts, were seeing that even some of the dealers are taking stolen property instead of cash," Fults says.
The Sheriff's Office won't find out until next month if the $25,000 grant has been approved. If it is approved, they plan on doing a media blitz to get the word out about it's availability.