opioid epidemic

New Minnesota laws to take effect on July 1

Starting July 1, Minnesotans who rape their spouses can be charged with sexual assault, wage theft becomes a crime and drug manufacturers will help shoulder the state's costs of responding to the opioid epidemic.

NARCAN requests on the rise in La Crosse

The amount of requests for over-the-counter NARCAN has increased fourfold over the last year in La Crosse. Pharmacists are also seeing prescriptions for the overdose reversal drug increase exponentially. 

State policymakers learn how La Crosse addresses pressing health issues

Local experts are sharing how collaboration is playing a vital role in solving some of the area's most pressing health issues. During Monday's panel at Viterbo University, the experts described how they're addressing everything from risky drinking to the opioid epidemic in our community. 

Opioid prescriptions decline by 10 percent in Wisconsin

A new report shows a 10 percent drop in the number of opioid prescriptions dispensed over the past year in the state of Wisconsin. Providers say there are many reasons why there's a decline in prescriptions and they hope to build upon this progress. 

Sen. Baldwin meets with local leaders to discuss drug epidemic

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin sat down with La Crosse area health care and law enforcement officials to hear how the opioid epidemic has affected the community. The members from various city and county departments are seeing some progress in combating issues of addiction, but other issues keep cropping up.