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County drug task force approves final recommendations to criminal justice council

County Heroin and Drug Task Force OK's recommendations

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Reducing deaths from drug overdoses is the focus of a new partnership in La Crosse County.

After six months of study, the County's Heroin and Drug Task Force came up with recommendations.

The recommendations aim to reduce access to prescription drugs, improve overdose interventions, and improve mental health care options.

Those ideas will now go to the Criminal Justice Management Council.

During the meeting, the task force put together a plan moving forward to make sure that the work they've done so far to address the heroin issue will continue.

"We'd like to see continued growth, awareness and making an impact  This wasn't a task force that wanted to meet to feel good, we wanted to make a difference so within the next six months I want to see those drop boxes up and running so that people don't have to wait for a medication drop off," says Drug Task Force Co-Chair Member, Keith Lease.

The task force created five sub-committees to focus on a specific area of heroin and drug prevention in order to better address the issue of drugs in the county.
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