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Abuse, misuse of opioids kills 300-plus annually; bear rescue caught on video; 12 more Wisconsin stories

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Close to 300 people die each year in Wisconsin by abusing prescription pain-killers which have a synthetic form of opium.

State figures obtained by Gannett Wisconsin Media show that 297- to 329 people each year have died from opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin from 2006 through 2012. All but six counties have recorded such deaths.

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