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There have been five drug overdose deaths in the last
three weeks in La Crosse County.
That's according to the La Crosse County Medical Examiner's
Narcan continues to be an effective tool in reversing
more potent opiods may make Narcan less effective.
New eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now to explain.
Synthetic drugs like Fentanyl are in some cases.
50 to 100 times stronger than heroin.
Doctors in our area say they have seen those types
of opiods already.
but it's only a matter of time before they become
more wide spread.
And they say these potent opiods.
will make Narcan less effective.
Narcan is truly a life-saver.
Doctors say the drug.
which helps temporarily reverse the effects of an
have proven crucial in the battle against illegal
It has made a huge difference in the number of patients
we see, knowing there's a lot in the community that
don't even come for medical services, they're treating
themselves, and then suriving, and going about their
According to numbers by Gundersen Tri-state ambulance.
there have been 152 doses of Narcan administered to
105 patients through the first half of 20-16.
It's a number.
that if the trend holds.
will be nearly 100 more than 20-15.
Just when we thought things were getting better, it's
actually been getting worse.
As much as experts say Narcan is proving useful.
drugs 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin or even
the sythetic drug fentanyl.
are slowly becoming more prevelent in cities like
I think it's just a matter of time before it gets
Which doctors say will require more doses of Narcan.
You're going to see people overdosing on these other,
more potent opiates.
One, two, three, four, five doses of Narcan may not
be enough to reverse it.
Despite what the future holds.
doctors say there aren't any more available options.
Sometiems it feels like we are chasing our tails,
but its the best we can do right now.
We've got a serious opiate problem in the country,
and we have to keep working to solve this issue.
Doctors say the shift to these more potent drugs may
be because heroin is becoming harder to obtain.
You spoke to members of the heroin and other illicit
drug task force today.
what are they trying to do in response?
they are in the early stages of trying to place drug
drop boxes at UW-La Crosse.
They say while not perfect.
they hope recent legislation which increases access
to Narcan will also continue to become crucial to
help save lives.