“Extremely potent” heroin may be to blame for death, 2 overdoses

LA CROSSE, Wis. — La Crosse Police are investigating a suspected heroin overdose death and two other suspected heroin overdoses, all of which happened in the last three days and possibly from an “extremely potent” supply of heroin.

Wednesday rescue crews were able to bring 19-year-old Megan Running of Onalaska back to life after she didn’t have a pulse and was not breathing after allegedly taking heroin at the Howard Johnson on Rose Street.

Thursday officers investigated a suspicious death of a La Crosse resident. No name, or location of the death were given by police due to the ongoing investigation. The victim was taken to Dane County for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Friday officers were called to America’s Best Value Inn on Rose Street for a man not breathing. 46-year-old Brian Halverson of La Crosse was revived by rescue crews.


Evidence of heroin use was found at the scene of all three incidents. Running and Halverson both face drug-related charges.

La Crosse Police are investigating and say they are concerned that all three incidents could have been caused by an “extremely potent” supply of heroin in the La Crosse area.

Anyone with information about these cases, or any other drug-related incidents should call La Crosse Police at 785-5962, or La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at 784-TIPS.