Gov. Scott Walker
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Governor Walker Announces Members of the Task Force on Opioid Abuse

Group to hold its first meeting on October 28 in Green Bay

By - Oct 25th, 2016 09:42 pm

Madison – In response to Wisconsin’s opioid overdose epidemic, Governor Scott Walker today announced the members of the Task Force on Opioid Abuse that was created under Executive Order #214.

“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:

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.

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