Illicit Drug Task Force discusses heroin, opiates at Viterbo

University hosted panel of experts to talk about drugs in La Crosse

Heroin and other opiates were a lunchroom discussion at Viterbo on Friday.

The university hosted a panel of experts from the Illicit Drug Task Force to talk about the drugs in our community.

Last year the task force focused on curbing heroin use in the area.

The use of heroin had been growing exponentially since 2010. In 2014 there were no reported heroin overdose deaths in La Crosse County. That’s credited to efforts to educate the community and more first responders having access to Narcan, a drug that counter acts the effects of Heroin.

One of the experts says there’s still work to be done.

“There was representatives from nursing and other medical disciplines and students and educators and I think each one of those people could take information we shared here today back to their families, to their work places, and other members of the community, so I think that was a real positive,” said West Central MEG Unit Investigative Coordinator Tom Johnson.

This year the task force plans to focus on drug use prevention.