Opioids: Data, Reports, Studies

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services tracks data about the use of opioids and consequences of dependence and overdose to help inform evidence-based solutions.

Review the DHS Office of Health Infomatics guide to interpreting opioid statistics for more information on where the data comes from and what the different statistics mean.

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH)

Query the WISH system for statistics related to the consequences of the abuse of opioids in Wisconsin.

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    Opioid Prescriptions

    The number of opioid prescriptions filled has decreased by more than 20 percent since 2014

    Source: Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program

    Rate of Opioid Use Disorder

    The rate of opioid use disorder has more than tripled since 2005

    Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Health Informatics and Opioid Harm Prevention Program

    Opioid-Related Hospitalizations Involving Heroin

    Number of opioid-related hospitalizations involving heroin is increasing

    Rate of opioid-related hospitalizations involving heroin is increasing

    Note: Drug overdose hospitalization numbers may include more than one type of drug.

    Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Health Informatics and Opioid Harm Prevention Program

    Heroin and Fentanyl-Related Deaths

    Heroin and fentanyl overdose death numbers continue to increase

    Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Health Informatics and Opioid Harm Prevention Program

    Deaths from Opioid-Related Overdose (By Sex)

    Opioid overdose death rates are higher among men compared to women

    Source: Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Office of Health Informatics and Opioid Harm Prevention Program

    Reports from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

    Overview of Grants to Address Opioid Crisis

    These reports provide an overview of the federal grants received by DHS to support Wisconsin's efforts to address the opioid crisis.

    Opioid Treatment Programs: Report to the Legislature

    These reports provide an overview of the performance of the regional opioid treatment programs established under Heroin, Opioid, Prevention, Education (HOPE) Agenda.

    Report on Opioid Treatment Programs in Wisconsin

    These reports provide an overview of the performance of the accredited treatment programs in Wisconsin with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration certification and Drug Enforcement Administration registration to administer and dispense medications that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat opioid addiction.

    Other Reports

    Reports from the State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA)

    The State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse was created to provide leadership and coordination regarding alcohol and other drug abuse issues in Wisconsin. Members are appointed by the governor and include citizens and substance abuse service providers as well as representatives from the legislature and state agencies. For more information on SCAODA, visit the SCAODA website.

     

    Reports from Governor Walker's Task Force on Opioid Abuse

    The Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse was created in 2016. Visit hope.wi.gov to learn more about Governor Walker's efforts to address Wisconsin's opioid crisis.

     

    Wisconsin ePDMP Public Statistics Dashboard

    The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services maintains the Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (ePDMP). This program provides information about controlled substance prescriptions that are dispensed in the state. It allows pharmacies, health care professionals, law enforcement agencies, and public health officials to work together to reduce dependence, misuse and abuse of prescribed controlled substance medications. The ePDMP Public Statistics Dashboard provides interactive data visualizations about controlled substance prescriptions dispensed in Wisconsin, law enforcement reports submitted to the ePDMP, and use of the ePDMP by health care professionals and others.

    Last Revised: November 12, 2018