Vukmir, Nygren Lead Efforts to Combat the Opioid Epidemic


MADISON, Wis. – State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield and state Rep. John Nygren, R–Marinette, released legislation Friday that would give law enforcement more tools to address the heroin and opioid epidemic facing Wisconsin.

“As a member of Governor Walker’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse, I am pleased to join my colleagues as we unveil legislation that builds on the Legislature’s efforts to combat opioid abuse in Wisconsin,” said Vukmir who has more than 20 years’ experience as a nurse practitioner. “It is critical that our communities have the tools necessary to combat the rising problems that stem from heroin abuse.”

The legislation focuses on providing law enforcement training grants targeted at preventing drug flow into Wisconsin, offers funding for programming to prevent substance abuse, and gives grants to counties for medical-assisted treatment. This legislation will strengthen our law enforcement efforts and save lives. 

Additionally, the bill creates regional drug prosecutors to assist local District Attorney’s prosecuting drug crimes.

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