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Statement attributable to Jerry Halverson, MD, Wisconsin Medical Society president
“There’s no question that in Wisconsin and the rest of the country we are facing a real crisis in terms of addiction to heroin and other opioids. The Wisconsin Medical Society applauds and supports Attorney General Schimel for his efforts to raise awareness of this critical issue.
“Too often in circumstances like these, it’s easy to think it’s someone else’s problem. But this epidemic affects people in every demographic throughout our state—all ages, all incomes, all races and all geographies—and no one can afford to sit on the sidelines if we are to bring this crisis under control.
“As physicians, we see firsthand the devastating impact of opioid addiction—an addiction that often begins with misuse of prescription pain medicines. We look forward to continuing to work closely with the Attorney General and others, including State Rep. John Nygren and other lawmakers and the many health care organizations and professionals who are committed to changing the course of this deadly epidemic.”
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.