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UW-Whitewater researches say illegal drug-related deaths growing


WHITEWATER, WI (WTAQ) - Researchers with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater say deaths in the state from illegal drug use continues to rise.

Epidemiologist and associate professor David L. Nordstrom says it appears one of the biggest concerns is that the number of individuals who die from illegal drug use has flipped to be less than those who die from legal use.

Along with heroin, prescription pain medications like methadone, morphine and oxycodone were in the category with the most deaths.

The researchers studied close to 450,000 death certificates from the years 1999 to 2008.