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Opioid abuse funding comes to La Crosse County

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A full-time social worker could be hired by La Crosse County to manage its opioid addiction programs. 

The position would be funded as part of a $400,000 grant from the state department of health services. 

County board members plan to vote later this week on accepting the grant and proposals for spending the money. 

About one-third of the grant money would be used for residential treatment of people addicted to opioids. 

The county medical examiner says La Crosse County reported 22 drug overdose deaths last year, but the total for 2020 could be 40 or more. 

 

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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