Heroin problem continues to plague Dane County

CREATED Dec 22, 2012

  • Print

MADISON, Wis. -- Due to an increase in apparent heroin addictions in Dane County, public health officials are on a mission.

They're asking doctors and dentists to re-examine the way they prescribe medications to discourage drug abuse.

Police in Madison say the number of crashes from impaired drivers, and the number of heroin-related deaths are also up.

Last year, the medical examiner's office tell the Wisconsin State Journal there were a total of 20 heroin-related deaths last year.  This year, to date, there are 21.

Public health officials say there's an opiate epidemic in the region, due in part to the availability of prescription painkillers.