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Drug-related deaths on the rise


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Drug-related deaths are up across Wisconsin.

That's according to a new report by the UW-Whitewater.

A researcher there took a look at nearly 5,000 deaths that were certified as drug-related between 1999 and 2008. He says that number is increasing.

Most of those deaths were accidental overdoses or suicides, and the majority involved male victims with an average age of 43.

The study also shows legal, prescription drug-related deaths surpassing those involving illegal drugs.

The head of the study is recommending we implement some type of prescription drug monitoring program to keep people from getting pain pills at multiple pharmacies.

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