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REPORT: Overdose now more common than car crash

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You are now more likely from overdose on opioids than die in a car accident.

That’s according to a new report from the National Safety Council.

According to analysis of all deaths in 2017, one in 96 were due to an overdose, compared to 1 in 103 for car crashes.

A sobering statistic said Dr. Chris Eberlein with Gundersen Health System in La Crosse.

“It’s pretty tragic to see the epidemic continue to grow nationwide,”
Eberlein said. “I think it really just shows how prevalent this disease is.”

Eberlein added that the biggest problem in the fight against opioids is the potency.

“Fentanyl has been a real issue for us, simply because of the power of the drug,”Eberlein said. “People don’t know that’s what they’re getting. It’s going to be an ongoing struggle.”

Eberlein is part of an organization known as Alliance to Heal, formerly known as the La Crosse County Heroin Task Force.

Expanded treatment options, including getting more Narcan available to addicts at a relatively cheap price, is a priority he says.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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