Wisconsin opioid deaths down 10% from 2017 to 2018, DHS says

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says opioid deaths are at their lowest level since 2015. 

According to a news release, DHS said its new online tool, Data Direct: Opioids, is helping it track opioid-related deaths. 

DHS said the 838 deaths reported in 2018 was a 10% decrease from the 932 deaths reported in 2017. 

DHS' new dashboard includes death and hospital records maintained by DHS, the Wisconsin Behavioral Risk Factor Survey, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, according to the release. It also reportedly allows DHS to track information by year, drug type, age, sex and race. 

It said that Data Direct: Opioids is the "first step in a multi-year initiative by DHS to make health data more available."

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