MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The number of overdoses so far in 2018 exceeded the amount of overdoses at the same time so far in 2017, according to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval's blog posted Nov. 9.
So far in 2018, the department was made aware of 251 overdoses. In 2017, there was 199 reported overdoses in the same time span. From 2017-2018, there was a 26 percent increase.
For suspected heroin overdose deaths, there was a 81 percent increase from year to year. At this time in 2017, there were 21 suspected heroin overdose deaths. So far in 2018, there were 38 reported.
In the month of October alone, in 2017, there were 36 overdoses. In the month of October alone, in 2018, there were 25. In contrast to the yearly numbers, the month comparison for October showed a 31 percent decrease, according to the blog.
The Madison Police Department launched the MARI Outreach Team in September. The team includes a MARI Coordinator and members of the treatment community. Each week, the team makes follow-up visits with overdose subjects and their families, offering service and providing them with Naloxone and training how to use.
Stay with NBC15 for more stories in the coming weeks for the impact the Madison Police Department is having on helping those recover in the middle of the opioid epidemic.