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Report: Opioid deaths doubled in Wisconsin over decade

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MADISON — The rate of opioid overdose deaths in Wisconsin has nearly doubled over the last decade, according to a new Department of Health Services (DHS) report, “Select Opioid-Related Morbidity and Mortality Data for Wisconsin.”

Findings the Department of Health Services released Friday show the rate of overdose deaths involving heroin grew 880 percent between 2006 and 2015, from 0.5 deaths per 100,000 residents to 4.9 deaths per 100,000.

The rate of opioid overdose deaths, meanwhile, nearly doubled over the decade, from 5.9 deaths per 100,000 residents to 10.7 deaths. The rate of overdose deaths involving prescription opioids increased 26 percent over the decade, from 5.3 per 100,000 residents to 6.7 per 100,000.

Gov. Scott Walker has called a special legislative session to pass a host of bills designed to combat heroin and opioid abuse. It’s unclear when the Legislature may vote, however.

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  • mary

    Soo it is now FACT,,, ever since our Government BULLIED THEIR WAY INTO OUR private MEDICAL DECISION AS FREE ADULTS,,IE DR.GOVERNMENT by telling our doctors w/the FEAR of imprisonment,,,u prescribe opiates as Dr.Government tells u,,,,THE DEATH RATES HAVE RISEN,,,,NOT LOWER’D,,,,,GREAT WORK DR.GOVERNMENT,,,, i guess 12- 14 years of schooling to simple become a m.d…w/pain management as your specialty really are the most QUALIFIED,responsible ones/educated ones to play doctor,,,because they are,,doctors,,,,unlike,,,Dr.Government,,who are simple politicians,some,,w/REVENGE in hearts,thus abuse of power,derived from the governed!!!Stay out of the sanctity of thee PRIVATE medical decision of free adult’s,between us and our doctors,,,,,,evidence now has proven,Dr.Government your the ones killing the medically ill w/painful medical condition,,,,NOT,,,,, doctors,,,,,by government playing Dr.Government!!It is pure discrimination,,don’t see diabeteics forced to peee in cups,,,dont see insulin regulated to ineffective dosages,,,do we??!!!

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