MADISON (AP) – A Wisconsin legislator has introduced two more bills designed to combat heroin abuse.
Republican Rep. John Nygren’s daughter has been struggling with heroin and nearly died of an overdose. Earlier this month the Assembly passed a package of Nygren-authored legislation that would allow all emergency responders to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts overdoses, guarantee immunity for anyone who reports an overdose, allow municipal prescription drug collection drives and require identification to obtain prescription drugs containing narcotics.
His new bills would require the state Department of Health Services to create regional opiate treatment centers in underserved areas and create a system of graduated sanctions for people who violate the conditions of their release in hopes of getting addicts treatment faster.
Nygren is seeking co-sponsors for the bills.