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Sauk County officials concerned over spike in opioid overdoses

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SAUK COUNTY (WKOW) -- The Sauk County Health Department on Wednesday said they are seeing a spike in opioid overdoses since early December.

According to Sara Jesse, Community Health Strategist and Narcan Trainer at the Sauk County Health Department, hospitals in the county have treated six non-fatal opioid overdoses since the the spike began.

“So many overdoses in a short period of time often indicate that illegal drugs being sold in our area are very strong and are more likely to cause an overdose,” Jesse said in a news release.

Jesse said the overdoses can be caused by prescription painkillers as well as illegal drugs like heroin and fentanyl.

Heroin cut with fentanyl is the most common cause they see in the county. To prevent overdose deaths, the Health Department urges residents to get trained in recognizing and responding to suspected overdoses.

We will have much more on these concerns tonight on 27 News.

Matthew Cash

Senior Executive Producer

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