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Halverson: We need to do more to end addiction crisis

Release Date: October 13, 2015
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

Statement attributable to Jerry Halverson, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society president

“As physicians, too often we see firsthand the devastating impact of heroin and misused or abused prescription pain medicines on our patients and their families. Recent efforts, like the passage of State Rep. John Nygren’s HOPE legislation last year and Attorney General Brad Schimel’s new ‘Dose of Reality’ campaign are helping to make a difference, but we need to do more.

“Rep. Nygren’s new HOPE bills further focus our efforts on this problem, and the Wisconsin Medical Society looks forward to continuing to work closely with policymakers, law enforcement, community organizations and other health care professionals to find solutions. Indeed, it will take all of us—together—to end this addiction crisis.”

With more than 12,500 members dedicated to the best interests of their patients, the Wisconsin Medical Society is the largest association of medical doctors in the state and a trusted source for health policy leadership since 1841.