Public health alert issued in Dane County following suspected rise in opioid overdoses

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MADISON, Wis. — Health officials have issued a public health alert in response to an increase in suspected opioid overdoses in Dane County, according to a news release from Tuesday.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services identified 11 suspected opioid overdoses last week alone.

Public Health Madison and Dane County issued the alert as a way to raise community awareness among the public and health professionals.

The release said health officials do not know what is driving the recent change in overdoses.