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Wisconsin opioid overdoses more than double during pandemic

Wisconsin opioid overdoses more than double during pandemic Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: July 22, 2020 05:29 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin health officials say there have been more than twice as many suspected opioid overdoses during the coronavirus pandemic than there were during the same period last year.

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Data from Wisconsin emergency departments show that there were 325 suspected overdoses from March through July 13 compared with 150 during that span in 2019.

State Department of Health Services Secretary Andrea Palm says financial pressures and isolation can exacerbate behavioral and substance abuse problems.

DHS officials say calls to the state's help line indicate requests for information on behavioral health have been increasing as well. 

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