Fast Facts from the WHA Information Center: January 23-29 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 13, 2017

This national health observance for teens promotes local events that use National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) science to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music or friends. For more information on local educational events and activities, check out the NIDA website at

In looking at all ages for Wisconsin, there has been an increase in drug overdoses over the past three years. WHA Information Center reported 5,224 ER visits related to overdoses by opiates, heroin or methadone from July 2013 through June 2016, about a 44 percent increase within that timeframe. The map provides the rate of ER visits per 1,000 population of the counties within this time period for overdoses.

Data provided by the WHA Information Center (WHAIC). WHAIC ( is dedicated to collecting, analyzing and disseminating complete, accurate and timely data and reports about charges, utilization, quality and efficiency provided by Wisconsin hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and other health care providers.  

This story originally appeared in the January 13, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter