United Way hotline helps with addiction

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DANE COUNTY (WKOW) — The CDC said Wednesday fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America. The synthetic opioid was linked to nearly 29 percent of all overdoses in 2016.

Dane County has several resources to help people struggling with addiction.

United Way of Dane County’s Addiction Recovery Line is one resource. The line was setup in October.

By calling 2-1-1 people can get connected with a specialist who can help navigate the system. Whether you need financial assistance, food resources, housing search, addiction treatment, health care, mental health, or heating and utilities assistance, our specialists will walk you through all the options to find the right service or program.

Specialists can also help if you’re calling on behalf of a family member or friend.

“It can be overwhelming if you’re calling for a loved one and don’t know where to start,” said United Way of Wisconsin’s Executive Director Charlene Mouille. “Having someone to talk to that can listen to what your situation is and help direct the right services can help get someone into recovery much more quickly.”

The United Way says Dane County has received more than 600 calls since starting the 211 hotline.

Emily Friese

Emily Friese

27 News Producer

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