Raising awareness and education how Alliance to HEAL hopes to reduce overdose deaths

“Well we hope a lot of things, and that’s what we’re gathered here today for.”

Alliance to HEAL, an organization set to reduce drug overdoses in La Crosse, held a meeting at the Onalaska City Hall Thursday.

So far in 2019, there have been four drug related deaths in La Crosse County. With numbers on track to be lower than 2018 and 2017, some members at the event feel their effort in educating the county have had a positive effect.

“The overall awareness, I think the alliance to heal in general has created a lot of great education opportunities. I think just talking about it on a regular basis has brought it attention.”

“It’s education and awareness that’s getting out there, it’s been able to bring more resources from the community that helps bring members in from the community to help those that struggle with addiction.”

Another possible reason for potentially lower deaths is a grant the city has received, to help aid those with addiction.

“We’re now able to expand to medication assistant treatment and residential care and other services to opiate users.”

The city looks to keep planning drug take back days, and host events to educate.

“Increasing those disposable opportunities, as an alliance I know we’re looking into creating a few workshops.”

However Alliance to Heal believes that one death is too many, and wants to work to continue to get to zero deaths.

“And we do that by working to gather and understanding what we bring to the table.”

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