FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 12, 2016
Contact: Rep. Steineke: 608-266-2401
Rep. Steineke Votes for HOPE Proposals
Madison – Assembly Majority Leader, Representative Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna), cast his vote today in support of legislation that will give people suffering from opioid addiction the help they need, and provide more tools to fight Wisconsin’s opioid and heroin epidemic.
The Wisconsin State Assembly overwhelmingly approved four bills, which build upon eight laws from the H.O.P.E. Agenda (Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education). This session, the Assembly is continuing efforts to combat this devastating problem by focusing on prevention and treatment methods.
"Prescription drug and heroin abuse is a growing problem across our state, and it's time to take action," said Rep. Steineke. "Today, the State Assembly unanimously passed additional efforts to help combat this epidemic that’s affecting too many of our communities. I would like to thank Representative John Nygren (R – Marinette) for his steadfast work on the HOPE Agenda, and I look forward to keeping the fight against opioid addiction a top priority in the State Assembly."
Under the bills, pharmacies will be required to report any prescription painkillers filled within 24 hours, and all Wisconsin licensed physicians will have to review the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) when prescribing a monitored controlled substance.
With that in mind, the Assembly also approved proposals that will help prescribers, dispensers, and law enforcement gather and analyze data to reduce problems like overprescribing, “doctor shopping,” and “pill mills.”