According to the most recent data collected by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) the 838 opioid-related deaths reported in the state in 2018 is a 10 percent reduction from 2017.

In 2017, 932 opioid-related deaths were reported. In 2016, there were 850 opioid-related deaths.

The data was collected on a new online tool called Data Direct: Opioids, which has the most up-to-date information collected by DHS on adult and youth opioid usage, opioid hospitalizations and opioid-related deaths.

An estimated 1 in 6 Wisconsin adults were prescribed and used an opioid in the past year. The top reasons for opioid prescriptions according to DHS were for pain related to surgeries and back pain.

According to DHS, from 2006 to 2014 the rate of opioid overdose deaths “almost doubled” in Wisconsin with 5.9 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2006 to 10.7 deaths per 100,000 residents in 2015.