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Society testifies on addiction-related legislation

Society Vice Speaker Mike Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, appeared before the State Assembly’s Committee on Criminal Justice today in support of three bills aimed at combating opioid addiction and abuse. The committee approved each bill (below) unanimously, clearing the way for the full Assembly to consider the proposals next Tuesday.

  • Assembly Bill 466 – expanding training and access in administering naloxone.
  • Assembly Bill 467 – creating a 911 “Good Samaritan” immunity when summoning help for overdose victims.
  • Assembly Bill 469 – updating state statutes to make it easier for local communities to create a drug disposal program.

The bills are part of the “HOPE” (Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education) legislative package primarily authored by State Assembly Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and State Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls) – all of the proposals enjoy widespread bipartisan support. Doctor Miller’s testimony and slides highlighted the growing problem of opioid abuse and praised the bills as necessary steps to help fight the growing problems of drug diversion and addiction while enhancing tools to prevent overdose-related deaths.

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations department with any questions.

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