Series: The Opioid Epidemic In Wisconsin

Toxicology labs like the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene are working to keep up with these unfamiliar opioids so law enforcement and health officials can better understand their impact and prevent their spread.More
Novel opioids pose dangers to the first responders and lab technicians who deal with the aftermath of overdose deaths and drug-related arrests.More
A diverse array of potent synthetic drugs are becoming more prominent in the opioid crisis, creating difficulties for medical investigators and public health officials.More
As more people die of overdoses — sometimes after unknowingly using highly potent opioids — public health officials are also struggling for clarity.More
As more and more Wisconsinites die of opioid overdoses, public and private toxicology labs are ground zero for understanding an ever-evolving mix of illicit drugs.More
Over the course of 2016, Richland County in southwestern Wisconsin had five drug overdose deaths, one of which involved a synthetic opioid. This latter case startled the county coroner's office.More
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