Governor Walker Announces Members of the Task Force on Opioid Abuse
Group to hold its first meeting on October 28 in Green Bay
“I appreciate the commitment task force members are making to help Wisconsin end this public health crisis, which is claiming lives and hurting families in our state,” Governor Walker said. “Each member of the task force brings a unique perspective and will work together to help Wisconsin solve this serious issue.”
The Task Force members include:
- Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Co-Chair
- Representative John Nygren, Co-Chair
- Attorney General Brad Schimel
- Secretary Jon Litscher, Department of Corrections
- Secretary Dave Ross, Department of Safety and Professional Services
- Deputy Secretary Tom Engels, Department of Health Services
- Deputy Commissioner J.P. Wieske, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
- Senator Leah Vukmir
- Senator Janet Bewley
- Representative Jill Billings
- Sheriff Reg Gill, Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department
- Judge William Domina, Waukesha County Circuit Court
- John Weitekamp, R.P.H., Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin
- Joan Coffman, Wisconsin Hospital Association
- Dr. Nameeta Dookeran, Wisconsin Medical Society
- Dr. Tim Westlake, Wisconsin State Coalition for Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction
- Joan Mack, R.N., Director, C.A.R.E
- Jesse Heffernan, Helios Addiction Recovery Services
- Heather VanZanile, Forest County Potowatomi
- Jen Rombalski, La Crosse County Health Department
In 2014, more Wisconsin residents died from drug overdoses than from motor vehicle crashes, and the number of drug overdose deaths in the state doubled from 2004 to 2014. Prescription opioid pain relievers contributed to 47 percent of the 843 drug overdose deaths in 2014, while heroin contributed to 32 percent.
“While we’ve made great strides to combat opioid abuse in Wisconsin, this task force is a unified effort to help end opioid abuse and overdoses in our state,” Governor Walker said.
The Task Force will hold its first meeting on Friday, October 28 from 1:00PM – 4:00PM at the Aurora BayCare Sports Medicine Center in Green Bay.
Office of the Governor Scott Walker
- Regional meeting on opioid epidemic included Senator Baldwin - Ald. Michael Murphy - Aug 12th, 2020
- Opioid Overdoses Skyrocket During Pandemic - Shamane Mills - Aug 8th, 2020
- New Opioid “Iso” Hitting Milwaukee - Isiah Holmes - Jul 29th, 2020
- Isotonitazene (iso) – A new synthetic opioid discovered as powerful as fentanyl - City of Milwaukee Health Department - Jul 22nd, 2020
- Maps Tell Story of City’s Overdose Crisis - Isiah Holmes - Jul 10th, 2020
- Wisconsin Accepting Applications to Pilot New Approach to Treating Substance Use Disorders - Wisconsin Department of Health Services - Jul 6th, 2020
- Milwaukee County Headed for Record Overdoses in 2020 - Edgar Mendez - Jun 19th, 2020
- Retaliating Against a Witness Who Provided Information to Law Enforcement About Neopit Woman’s Drug Dealing Leads to Prison Sentence - U.S. Department of Justice - Jun 16th, 2020
- Grant extension of $500K good news for MKE’s efforts to combat opioid epidemic - Ald. Michael Murphy - Jun 10th, 2020
- Baldwin Requests Funding to Study Opioid Crisis - Isiah Holmes - May 22nd, 2020
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