Wisconsin, like many other states in the country, has been struggling with heroin abuse problems for years. It has reached the point where many of their public officials are calling it a “public health crisis,” and the situation continues to get worse.
Milwaukee county, in the southern part of Wisconsin and bordered by Lake Michigan, has been especially suffering in the past year or so. From 2013 to 2014, the county reported 119 people dying from heroin overdoses. (For comparative purposes, look at their rate of motor vehicle deaths, which came in at only 74.) This is the highest number of drug-related deaths that the county has ever recorded. It’s causing officials much concern. Continue reading