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Educator sending task force to attend heroin summit, after first drug death



 Cause of La Crosse death being examined to see if heroin was reason

La Crosse County has had no heroin overdose deaths so far this year, which law enforcement and health professionals consider a welcome change. 

But that period of no deaths may have come to an end. A medical examiner is determining whether a recent death in the county was caused by heroin. 

Health educator Al Bliss says the county has made progress against heroin and opiates in the last two years, but thinks more can be learned from other Wisconsin counties.  

Bliss is recruiting members of the local heroin task force to attend a statewide summit on heroin, scheduled for mid-October at the Dells.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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