By Paul Schmitt
With the Wisconsin Senate passing legislation earlier this week to address the growing heroin and opiate addiction problem in the state, the bill will now go to Governor Scott Walker’s desk to sign into law. The legislation will open the door to expand treatment, hire special agents and the forming of a charter school for addicted teens. Assembly member John Nygren from Marinette has helped pass 17 bipartisan laws addressing the addiction, including his 2014 HOPE Agenda. Rep. Nygren says progress has been made but there is much more that needs to be done.
Nine Special Session Assembly Bills concerning drug treatment, mental health and education were passed this week with the two final pieces of a legislative package to fight opioid abuse passed late Tuesday. Those bills would allow involuntary commitment for addicts and would ensure someone who suffers an overdose being immune from probation or parole revocation if the individual agrees to a treatment program.