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Dose of Reality: Opioids Data

We collect and analyze data to identify where communities are struggling, help tailor our response, and show improvements in health and wellness. The data tells a story: the opioid epidemic affects all genders, all races, and many age groups in both rural and urban communities. In 2022, the latest full year of data available, there were 1,421 deaths in Wisconsin related to opioids.

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Our dashboards provide interactive visualizations of data related to opioid use in Wisconsin and its consequences. The dashboards are updated frequently.

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health Query System

The Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health Query System features an opioid-related hospital encounters module and an opioid overdose deaths module. Need a better understanding of the statistics? This fact sheet can help: A Guide to Interpreting Opioid Statistics, P-02084 (PDF)

Reports and studies

We conduct research, assessments, and evaluations on a variety of topics related to Wisconsin's opioid epidemic. Our reports and studies make this information accessible and available to the public.

Monthly Suspected Opioid Overdose Reports

These county-level reports have information related to suspected opioid overdose ambulance runs within Wisconsin. They use data from the Wisconsin Ambulance Run Data System (WARDS) and provide counts and rates for the previous month, as well as trends for prior years. These are NOT confirmed opioid overdose incidents as they have not been confirmed by a clinician at the time of reporting. These reports are updated on a monthly basis during the last week of the month. 

  • Northeastern Region, P-02339A (PDF) (Counties: Brown, Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Sheboygan, Waupaca, Waushara, Winnebago)
  • Northern Region, P-02339B (PDF) (Counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marathon, Oneida, Portage, Price, Sawyer, Taylor, Vilas, Wood)
  • Southeastern Region, P-02339C (PDF) (Counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha)
  • Southern Region, P-02339D (PDF) (Counties: Adams, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Lafayette, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon)
  • Western Region, P-02339E (PDF) (Counties: Barron, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Rusk, St. Croix, Trempealeau, Washburn)

Need a better understanding of how a suspected opioid overdose case is defined? Here is a fact sheet to help explain the data sources: Opioid Overdose Data Sources: Suspected vs. Confirmed, P-02278 (PDF).

Opioid and Methamphetamine Treatment Programs: Report to the Legislature

This annual report provides an overview of the performance of the regional opioid and methamphetamine treatment programs funded by state grants.

Opioid Overdose Incidents and the COVID-19 Pandemic in Wisconsin

This report (P-03029) was published in 2021 (PDF). It shows opioid overdose incidents in Wisconsin from January 2019 through March 2021 based on ambulance runs and emergency department visits. 

Report on Medication-Assisted Treatment in Prisons and Jails

This report (P-02910) was published in 2021 (PDF). It was completed in consultation with the Department of Corrections to fulfill a requirement of 2019 Wisconsin Act 119.

Report on Opioid Treatment Programs in Wisconsin

This annual report provides an overview of the performance of the accredited and certified programs in Wisconsin authorized to dispense all three medications for opioid use disorder. 

Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review: Pregnancy-Associated Overdose Deaths (2016-2019)

This report was published in 2021 (PDF). It describes selected deaths during and after pregnancy due to overdose that were reviewed by the Wisconsin Maternal Mortality Review Team. 

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Last revised December 6, 2023