MADISON (WKOW) — The number of drug overdose cases in Madison increased slightly in August by 9% compared to the same month last year, according to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval in his daily blog.
However, the big concern was the 48% increase in drug OD cases so far this year from January through August compared to the same period in 2017.
There were 36 known overdose cases this past August which matches the record 36 cases in October of 2017.
But the concerning number is the 211 overdose cases in the first eight months of 2018 compared to 142 during the same eight month stretch in 2017.
There were 5 suspected deaths from heroin overdoses this August compared to one death in August, 2017, according to Koval.
In addition, there are over twice as many overdose deaths this year, 33-to-date, compared to 15 at this time in 2017.
That is a 120% increase, according to Koval.
MPD continues to refer subjects to Madison Addiction Recovery Initiative (MARI), according to Koval.
In August, Madison police referred 8 individuals with 6 of those currently in treatment.