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Sen. Baldwin addresses opioid crisis and veteran care in roundtable

Tammy Baldwin leads a roundtable discussion in Washington D.C. on the opioid crisis and quality pain care for veterans, November 30, 2016. (Sinclair Broadcast)

WASHINGTON DC (WLUK) -- Senator Tammy Baldwin led a roundtable discussion Wednesday in Washington D.C., addressing the opioid crisis and quality pain care for veterans.

It was titled "Realizing the Jason Simcakoski Memorial and Promise Act."

Simcakoski died while in inpatient care at the Tomah V.A. Center in 2014.

An autopsy revealed he had 14 different prescribed drugs in his system.

Baldwin introduced the legislation last year with the support of Simcakoski's family.

Part of its goal is to provide veterans access to high-quality care.

Baldwin thanked Simcakoski's family at the roundtable.

"Your courage and determination, to determination to honor Jason's memory, has been an inspiration to me as it has been to so many across the state of Wisconsin and across this country. Through your advocacy, you are helping other veterans and their families and inspiring others to join us in taking action," she said.

Event participants also brought up what they call critical health care needs of veterans and how they think Congress should address it in the coming year.


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