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Wisconsin Medical Society: HOPE Agenda passage important step in fighting addiction

Release Date: January 12, 2016
Contact: Kendi Parvin - 608.442.3748 kendi.parvin@wismed.org

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

“It’s clear that addressing the heroin and opiate addiction public health crisis is going to take all of us working together. That’s why the Wisconsin Medical Society and others have been working closely with lawmakers to find solutions, and why we applaud the State Assembly for passing four bills this afternoon to continue the HOPE Agenda. We thank Rep. John Nygren for his continued leadership in this area and his colleagues in the Assembly for unanimously moving these important bills forward. They will surely help make a difference for our patients and our communities.

“Every day there are new stories about the devastating impact of the abuse of heroin and opiates, and far too many of us have been affected in some way by this crisis. Last session’s passage of Rep. Nygren’s first set of HOPE agenda bills was an excellent start toward fighting the epidemic, but there’s still a desperate need to do more. The Wisconsin Medical Society will continue to partner with policymakers for as long as it takes.”

With more than 12,800 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.