By Paul Schmitt
The Opioid crisis continues to grow in Wisconsin. According to state Department of Public Health Services, the rate of opioid overdose deaths in the state has nearly doubled in the last nine years. Over 10 deaths were reported per 100,000 residents in 2015. U.S. Senator Ron Johnson in an interview earlier this month with DoorCountyDailyNews.com says he appreciates what President Donald Trump is doing to deal with the problem.
Johnson says you can treat and interdict supply of opioids but the third part to address is the demand issue.
28 counties in Wisconsin recently sued prescription drug-makers. Hospital visits in the state alone more than doubled in the past ten years for opioid acute poisoning including overdose, according to the state report.