Governor creates task force on opioid abuse

Scott Walker at Fox Valley Tech 8-23-2016

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Gov. Scott Walker says that although the state has taken steps in the past to combat opioid abuse in Wisconsin, there’s more to be done.

Walker on Thursday signed an executive order creating a task force to make additional recommendations on fighting abuse of pain relievers, such as oxycodone and hydrocodone and methadone.

Walker says the task force will be led by Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Rep. John Nygren, whose daughter has struggled with drug abuse.

Walker signed the order at a Walgreens drug store in Milwaukee to highlight the chain’s drug take-back disposal program at 18 pharmacies in Wisconsin. Citizens can drop off unused medication, including controlled substances by placing them in a disposal kiosk.

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