Alliance to Heal continues mission of tackling the opioid epidemic

LA CROSSE COUNTY, Wis. (WKBT) – Despite a record amount of drug overdose deaths in La Crosse County in 2020, local health leaders are confident their work is making a difference in our community.

There were at least 38 overdose deaths last year, with two still pending.

The Alliance to Heal is a local coalition of many different organizations and partners with the mission of tackling the opioid epidemic.

They say their efforts prevented the number of opioid deaths from being even higher.

The coalition is now looking to hire a position that can better connect people who are struggling with addiction to the different services available in the community.

“We have great services, but it’s so difficult for an individual sometimes to keep track of appointments, to have a warm hand-off, we’ll call it, from one service to another,” said Al Bliss, Alliance to Heal Coordinator.

Bliss said Tuesday they’ve been able to increase the Narcan supply in the community, and they continue to collect used needles.

42,000 lbs were collected in 2020 just from the nine outdoor Sharps boxes in La Crosse Co.

Remember, if you or someone you know is battling addiction, you can find resources by calling 2-1-1.