Public health alert issued as Dane County overdoses spike

MADISON (WKOW) — A spike in overdoses during the past week has officials issuing a public health alert.

The Madison Police Department, Public Health Madison and Dane County along with Wisconsin Department of Health Services issued a public health alert Wednesday because of an increase in suspected opioid overdose activity in Dane County from July 14-22, 2019.

There have been six overdose cases seen in local hospital emergency rooms in Dane County during that period.

Officials say this alert is for anyone who may be at an increased risk of overdose.

Signs of an overdose include:

  • Pale, sweaty or clammy skin
  • Lips or fingertips turning blue
  • Slow or irregular breathing, gasping, gurgling or snoring
  • Difficulty or unable to wake up

Please call 911 in the event of a suspected overdose, keep an eye on your friends and family.

Carry Narcan/Naloxone and know how to use it. Please call 211 for treatment and recovery resources.

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