By Tim Kowols
Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to call for a special legislative session and to accept federal funding to fight heroin and opiate addictions was good news in the eyes of the people who struggle every day and the Marinette Republican trying to reverse that. Since 2013, Assembly member John Nygren has helped pass 17 bipartisan laws addressing addiction, including his 2014 Heroin, Opiate, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda. A member of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, Rep. Nygren never thought the problem was this big, but is happy people are becoming more aware of it.
The work of the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse is already paying dividends with the launching of the state’s enhanced prescription drug monitoring program Tuesday. The program will allow pharmacies, health care professionals, and law enforcement to work together to track patients abusing opiates.