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Recent overdoses in La Crosse County still being studied

Brad Williams

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La Crosse County is still looking into a series of drug overdoses, which occurred in the region late last month. 

Eight overdoses were reported in just one weekend, and county medical examiner Tim Candahl said it could take several weeks to determine how those cases happened. 

Candahl counted four overdose deaths in the area so far in 2020, but he said the total for last year actually reflects a decrease.

There were 22 overdose deaths in La Crosse County in 2019, down three from the previous year.    

Candahl added that this area may see more overdoses than other Wisconsin cities of similar size, such as Wausau, because of La Crosse’s closeness to the interstate system.

Heroin and fentanyl may turn out to be responsible for the high number of area drug overdoses this year.

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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