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.

Wisconsin Interactive Statistics on Health (WISH)

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

A Guide To Interpreting Opioid Statistics

  • Where do the data come from?
  • What do the different statistics mean?

View the guide developed by the DHS Office of Health Infomatics. (PDF)


    Rate of Opioid Use Disorder

    Graph detailing rate of opioid use disorder tripling since 2005


    Rates of Opioid Use Disorder (By Age Group, Identified at Time of Hospital Visit)

    Rates of opioid use disorder are highest among Wisconsinites 25-29 years old

    Note: Opioid use disorder (OUD) rates based on hospital visits with evidence of OUD in hospital record.

    Opioid-Related Deaths

    Graph detailing increase number of overdose related deaths due to prescription opioids. 1999-2016

    Deaths from Opioid-Related Overdose (By Sex)

    Graph detailing type of opioid death in 2016

    Opioid-Related Deaths - Heroin and Prescription Drugs (By Age Group)

    Graph detailing heroin deaths between 25-29 yos and prescription drug deaths between 50-54 yos.

    Drug-Related Deaths - Benzodiazepines, Cocaine, Heroin, and Opioid Pain Relievers

    Drug-related deaths are driven by opioid pain relievers

    Graph detailing Heroin & Synthetic opioid uptick in related deaths in WI from 2000-2016

    Opioid Use and Pregnant Women

    Maternal opioids use has increased

    Reports from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services

    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: June 19, 2018