State Sen. Leah Vukmir
Press Release

Walker Signs Vukmir Bill Battling Opioid Crisis

"This bill will push back against the destructive opioid crisis."

By - Apr 10th, 2018 11:28 am

MADISON, Wis. —  Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill authored by Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, into law Monday afternoon to battle the ongoing opioid crisis.

“This bill will push back against the destructive opioid crisis,” Vukmir said. “The heroin epidemic has caused the deaths of so many Wisconsinites. Law enforcement needs more tools to stop the inflow of drugs in our state.”

The new law provides grants to local law enforcement agencies to expand investigations into high level drug trafficking operations and creates new prosecutor positions to investigate and prosecute drug-traffickers. It also provides funding for preventative programing to at-risk juveniles and medical treatment to addicts prior to release from county jails.

“The two-pronged approach of this bill is key because it will restrict further illegal drugs from entering our state and provide those already battling with addiction greater access to recovery resources,” Vukmir said.

Vukmir is a member of the Governor’s Taskforce on Heroin and Opioid Abuse and has helped pass many of the Heroin & Opioid Prevention and Education bills in her role as Senate Health chairman.

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  1. dudemeister says:

    It is sad and shocking – staggering, even – how much herion use has risen in the past few years. It certainly seems to have become the drug of choice for mostly-white suburbanites, at least in my experience.

    My father is an addiction recovery counsellor that works with Dr. Longo. He can certainly attest to the massive swelling of (primarily young) heroin users in the recovery program. And the system is stretched thin.

    The problem with too few facilities to cope is that there exists less time to make significant progress with any given user. This effect is exacerbated by individuals that have no desire to begin healing who may only be at a center because of a court mandate.

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