Number of meth cases down in west-central Wis.

BALSAM LAKE, Wis. (AP) -- Law enforcement officials in west-central Wisconsin say the number of local methamphetamine cases has been declining significantly in recent years.

For example, Eau Claire County reported 36 cases in 2005, and only six last year.

Three other counties each reported more than 80 cases in 2005, and by 2007 those numbers had dropped by about half or more.

The state attorney general's office says Barron, Polk and St. Croix (CROY') counties had a combined 254 cases three years ago, and 110 last year.

State and community leaders are expected to attend a meth summit Thursday afternoon in Balsam Lake. They plan to discuss which enforcement tactics have been most successful and how to extend those tactics to neighboring communities.

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