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Alliance to HEAL reports a drop in overdose deaths

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La Crosse, Wis. (WXOW)-  The Alliance to HEAL says that positive progress is being made in the effort to eradicate opioid addiction from our community.

In the first five months of 2019 fatal overdoes decreased in the La Crosse area. So have the amount of opioid prescriptions, anywhere from 10 to 30 percent, depending on what time frame you look at. That’s all according to the Alliance to HEAL, local health care providers, the county health department, the La Crosse Community Foundation, and others who have joined forces to find solutions to the addiction crisis.

The group gathered at Black River Beach House on Thursday to debrief on the progress of the past several months and develop a roadmap for next 100 days. That map includes plans to increase community collaboration, awareness and education. The Alliance also plans to host a legislative gathering in La Crosse in September to further engage area lawmakers in working toward a solution. The ultimate goal of the Alliance is to establish a community substance use treatment center.

“While we’re trying to develop this business plan for a treatment center we’ve got to work on what we can do right now to get people access to treatment, within less than 24 hours if we can,” said Al Bliss, a health educator with the Alliance to HEAL. “That’s one of the goals of this group, is to be able to still do that while our long range goal is looking at building a treatment center.”

If you, or someone you know, is looking for help you can call the number 211 right now to speak with a crisis counselor. They can put you or a loved one in touch with local resources as quickly as possible.


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Andrea Albers

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