The numbers are out, and they are looking better: Madison police responded to 10 percent fewer overdoses in 2019 than in 2018, Madison Police officer Bernie Albright told WPR.
“The one number I do like to look at that tells you, that really kind of confirms the trend, is the fatalities. We may not find out about an overdose, but we always find out about a fatality,” Albright said
But Sarah Johnson, of Public Health Madison & Dane County said numbers don’t tell the whole story.
“If you think of it as an iceberg, that’s just the very tip that we can see,” she said. “Underneath the surface, people are still overdosing and going to the hospital, overdosing and using our first responders, overdosing and just being revived by their friends or family who don’t call first responders, and then people who are just still struggling with substance use disorder.”
Read more about the fight about opioid addiction in Madison County here.