Deaths by overdose and suicide on the rise in Dane Co.: Medical Examiner
Death by overdose and suicide are on the rise, according to new numbers from the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office Thursday.
About 714 were reported dying from suicide or drug overdoses since 2016. Authorities say the vast majority of overdoses, over 84 percent, happened because of opiate drugs, about 441 people.
These numbers compare to 133 people dying from traffic accidents during the same time period, according to the Medical Examiner’s Office.
County Executive Joe Parisi said in a release Thursday: