Health officials issue overdose spike alert

Public Health Madison & Dane County is issuing a public health alert due to an increase in drug overdoses in the area, according to a statement from the city of Madison. According to data from hospitals and EMS providers, over the 24 hours between Aug. 1–2, 2022, at least seven people experienced a suspected drug overdose, and at least two overdoses resulted in deaths. These overdoses are 50% higher than typical. More than half of the people who experienced an overdose thought they were using oxycodone. There is a possibility of counterfeit pills circulating in the area that may contain lethal amounts of fentanyl or methamphetamine. The counterfeit pills often appear identical to legitimate prescription pills, and the user is likely unaware of how lethal they can be.