Overdose Deaths Increase 800-Percent In Ten Years

2/12/17 – A new report says the rate of heroin overdose deaths grew more than 800 percent in Wisconsin over the last decade. Findings the Department of Health Services released show the rate of overdose deaths involving heroin grew 880 percent between 2006 and 2015, from zero-point-five deaths per 100-thousand residents to four-point-nine deaths per 100-thousand. The rate of opioid overdose deaths, meanwhile, nearly doubled over the decade, from five-point-nine deaths per 100-thousand residents to 10-point-seven deaths. The rate of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids increased 26 percent over the decade, from five-point-three per 100-thousand residents to six-point-seven per 100-thousand. In Dodge County in 2015, the most recent year that complete statistics are available, there were 18 overdose deaths. Governor Scott Walker has called a special legislative session to pass a host of bills designed to combat heroin and opioid abuse. It’s unclear when the Legislature may vote, however.