EAU CLAIRE Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The ongoing opioid crisis continues to affect communities in western Wisconsin. The Eau Claire City-County Health Department and the Alliance for Substance Misuse Prevention are hosting a workshop about opioid misuse and preventing overdoses.

That workshop is scheduled for Monday, July 11th from 6 to 7:30 at the Community Table in Eau Claire. The focus of the workshop is on Narcan, a drug which helps people who are overdosing breathe and stabilize.

The health department says fatal opioid overdoses in Eau Claire County rose from 6 to 15 in 2020. Local law enforcement officers say they’re seeing a rise in heroin and fentanyl use. 

“Some people don’t necessarily know that Vicodin is an opioid. They might just think of that now. So, we want to be able to provide more education on what opioids are.”

Those looking to attend the workshop must register by July 8th.