Prescription opioid deaths down in La Crosse County

There is encouraging news related to opioid deaths in La Crosse County.

The number of people who have died related to prescription opioids has dropped from 19 in 2016 to two last year.

Those numbers were discussed at Thursday’s Alliance to HEAL meeting at the Onalaska City Hall.

The Alliance to HEAL is a new organization which began in August.

Their goal is to stop the effects of addiction locally.

This decrease is encouraging for local doctors.

“It shows the efforts that we’ve made on the prescribing have made a real tangible efforts, or tangible results in our deaths in the county,” said Dr. Chris Eberlein of Gundersen Health System.

In Wisconsin, the CDC reports that the rate of opioid deaths dropped 4.5% from 2016 to 2017.

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