Series: The Opioid Epidemic In Wisconsin

Medication-assisted treatment tackles substance use disorders by combining behavioral therapy like counseling with a prescription medicine.More
In hindsight, it's plain to see that the boom in prescription opioids that started in the late 1990s coincided with an increase in opioid-related deaths in Wisconsin and across the U.S.More
One barrier to more doctors prescribing medications to treat opioid addiction? Many are confused about how to navigate the regulations, or they're not addiction specialists and are intimidated at the prospect of trying to treat patients with substance use disorders.More
Law enforcement in Superior and Douglas County seized the most heroin they've ever seen in 2016.More
As much as the opioid epidemic across the United States is often characterized as a rural and suburban problem, it has been devastating in urban areas as well. Of course, this doesn't mean patterns of addiction play out the same way in all settings.More
La Crosse County had 23 drug overdose-related deaths in 2016, the most in its history, and proof that it may take some time before state and regional efforts to reduce the heroin epidemic start working.More
There's no one single place in Milwaukee County where overdose data is kept. Paramedics respond to an overdose, the medical examiner does an autopsy, the state Department of Justice collects statistics.More
Wisconsin's opioid epidemic is driving an increase in motorists who are impaired behind the wheel.More
Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said addicts who inject drugs are spreading a disease for which there’s no cure.More
Infants born addicted to drugs are one of several unfortunate results of Wisconsin's drug epidemic stemming from the abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers.More