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Society creates opioid task force to help combat epidemic

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s (Society) Opioid Task Force held its first meeting Monday at Society headquarters in Madison. The group was convened to further shape and focus the Society’s efforts around policy, physician education and public awareness on this critical issue.

With the misuse and abuse of heroin and other opioids at epidemic levels in Wisconsin and the rest of the country, the Society has already been actively engaged in efforts to address the problem.

Society President Jerry Halverson, MD, has focused his presidency on increasing awareness of the problem and working with strategic partners to create solutions. The Society was an ardent supporter of last year’s HOPE legislation, which consisted of seven bills aimed at fighting the epidemic. Introduced by state Rep. John Nygren, the bills passed both houses of the Wisconsin State Legislature unanimously before being signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

More recently, Dr. Halverson, Society Speaker Michael Miller, MD, and George Morris, MD, chair of the Society’s Council on Health Care Quality and Population health, published an op-ed piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel suggesting further action.

For more information about the task force’s work and the Society’s efforts in this area, watch future issues of Medigram or e-mail communications@wismed.org.

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