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La Crosse County launches overdose team



New study group starts 2-year mission to help avoid drug deaths

An epidemic of fatal overdoses in Wisconsin has led to the formation of special teams, to find ways of stopping overdoses before they happen. 

One of the state-funded overdose teams has been formed in La Crosse County. 

Al Bliss with the county’s existing heroin task force says one trouble area to be addressed is helping county prisoners avoid drugs when they’re released from jail, because in jail, they’re vulnerable and are kept away from drugs.
Bliss says one easy remedy might be to increase the availability of the antidote Narcan. 

A more complex solution could involve additional First Responders working in the county.



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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