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Wisconsin DHS names director of opioid initiatives

Wisconsin flag photo. (WLUK/Scott Hurley)

MADISON (WLUK) -- A director of opioid initiatives has been named.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Paul Krupski has been selected to fill the position Monday.

The position helps lead the states efforts to end the opioid crisis in Wisconsin.

“Opioid overdoses and the misuse of opioids, either heroin or prescription pain medications, affects every corner of the state and is destroying families," said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. "We must do whatever we can to end the heartbreak affecting so many. Paul’s experience and skills support our efforts to make sure that our response to this crisis is as aggressive and effective as possible."

Krupski was born in Brown Deer and graduated from UW-Green Bay with a degree in social change and development.

He has previously worked at DHS as a prevention coordinator with the Division of Care and Treatment Services and as a Preparedness Training and Exercise Coordinator with the Division of Public Health Office of Preparedness and Emergency Healthcare.

“Almost every division in DHS is involved in some way with fighting the opioid epidemic," Krupski said. "I look forward to bringing all of those efforts together to meet this crisis head on and put an end to the devastation to individuals, families and communities that is caused by opioid misuse.”

Last year, Gov. Scott Walker created the Task Force on Opioid Abuse, which is chaired by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.

DHS also announced a $17 million investment to improve access to substance abuse and mental health treatment last week in the state.

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