Today, Governor Scott Walker signed two bills, part of HOPE (Heroin, Opiate, Prevention and Education) Agenda that will help combat Wisconsin’s opioid abuse epidemic that has plagued many of our local communities.
The new laws will provide more funding to those on the front lines, like the government so they can prosecute those with narcotic offenses. The laws will also help boost treatment programs and preventing at-risk youth from sliding into the epidemic.
The second law focuses on the medical community that often sees it first hand. They will get continued education for nurses and doctors on opioid prescriptions and just what they may be prescribing to patients and what’s new on the market. This education is required under Wisconsin law.
“In many ways we are leading the way when it comes to aggressive ways to help deal with addiction but as several folks have mentioned today, we still have a long way to go,” said Governor Scott Walker at the bill signing today at Bellin Health in Green Bay.
Legislators have passed these laws so that there is an impact in court rooms and doctor’s offices.
However, the educational sessions that medical personnel are required to go take sheds light not only on the new drugs but also best treatments for different types of pain to prevent people from becoming addicted.
The new law also allows physician assistants and nurse practitioner to work with physicians to help addicted patients.
“Now it broadens their ability to get a waiver and then to work under a physician, so that will expand access, because one of the issues that we have right now is there are not enough caregivers that are trained in substance abuse to take care of all the patients,” said Jody Wilmet of Bellin Health.
Following todays bill signing, there is now 30 laws in HOPE Agenda to help bring this crisis to a halt.