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Drug-Related Overdoses

Drug overdose deaths have become the leading cause of injury death in the United States.

Each day in the United States, over 120 people die as a result of a drug overdose. The number of drug poisoning deaths in 2013, the latest year for which data is available, involving opioid analgesics is substantial and outpaces the number of deaths for cocaine and heroin combined. (See Table 1) 

In 2014, heroin overdose deaths in Milwaukee County surpassed the number of homicides and the number of motor vehicle deaths for the first time (Table 1)[1].

Over 14 years, Wisconsin had a 600% increase in heroin related overdose deaths[1].  In Milwaukee County alone there were 255 drug-related deaths in 2015[2]

In 2015, there were 109 heroin deaths, which is a slight decline from 2014 (116).  The decline may seem positive, but it’s misleading. 

In 2015 the number of Fentanyl deaths nearly doubled to 30 deaths.  The majority of the deaths were not prescription Fentanyl users, but people who believed they were using heroin, but, chemically, it was street Fentanyl. 

Fentanyl overdose deaths have increased by 500 % since 2012, from 5 deaths in 2012 to 30 in 2015.


[1] Wisconsin Department of Health Services; Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services P-01129 10/2015

[1] Source:  Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office