The trend is alarming: poisoning is now Dane County’s number one cause of injury death – surpassing motor vehicle crashes – and drug poisoning is the cause in 85% of cases. Deaths caused by misuse and abuse of prescription opioids almost tripled in the 10 years from 2000-2010. Injuries and deaths occur when drugs are abused, used inappropriately, stored in unsecure places or sold illegally. The effects are tragic and far-reaching.
The City of Madison and Dane County have joined forces to reverse this deadly trend, with Safe Communities leading what has become a broad collaborative effort. Our focus is to reduce access and use/misuse; emphasize prevention and early intervention; and enhance and expand treatment options. We coordinate and share resources among health care and law enforcement professionals; struggling families, individuals and concerned citizens; and our many important partner organizations.
Do you know how to safely store your prescription drugs? Or what to do with your prescriptions that you no longer need?
People expect the 911 system to work quickly and reliably, everywhere and with any device. The National 911 Program’s role is to help the 911 community provide optimal 911 services across the nation.
American Association of Poison Control Centers: (800) 222-1222
The American Association of Poison Control Centers supports the nation’s 55 poison centers in their efforts to prevent and treat poison exposures. Poison centers offer free, confidential medical advice 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Dane County Suicide Crisis Line: (608) 280-2600
National Suicide Prevention Line:
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