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DHS reports lowest number of opioid deaths since 2015

Thursday, August 15, 2019  
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August 15, Wisconsin Health News

The number of opioid deaths in the state is at its lowest level since 2015, the Department of Health Services reported Wednesday.

There were 838 deaths in 2018, a 10 percent reduction from the previous year.

“The most recent data on Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic is encouraging,” said DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk. “It shows that our collective ongoing efforts to support individuals and communities affected by this public health crisis are working to save lives, but we still have a lot of work to do to end this epidemic.”

The department on Wednesday released a federally funded online tool containing up-to-date information on opioid usage, hospitalizations and deaths. 


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