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Society continues collaboration on opioid/drug abuse reduction

The public-private partnership among health care, elected leaders, and law enforcement in fighting the opioid epidemic in Wisconsin continued its impressive progress last Friday in the State Capitol with the latest meeting of the Wisconsin Health System State Coalition for Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction.

The coalition, chaired by State Assembly Representative John Nygren, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, State Medical Examining Board Vice Chair Timothy Westlake, MD, and Michael McNett, MD, brought together a variety of opioid experts on a number of pertinent topics. (See meeting agenda here.) Physicians from different health care systems gathered with other key entities —a strong acknowledgement that our state’s commitment to fighting the opioid crisis is a top priority.

“The opportunity for a wide variety of folks to come together and share experiences and ideas about fighting addiction is what Wisconsin is all about. There’s a lot of improvement we all need to make, but the coalition can help us reach that success faster than if we all stay in our own silos,” said Dr. Westlake.

The Society was pleased to help organize this event and continues to partner with Rep. Nygren, Attorney General Schimel and other stakeholders to lead efforts to end the opioid crisis. The Coalition will continue to meet on an as-needed basis. Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, in the Society’s Government Relations Department for more information.

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