Anti-Heroin Bills On Docket For Wisconsin Legislative Committee

Oct 13, 2015

A Wisconsin legislative committee is poised to vote on three anti-heroin bills today.

Credit Flickr user Abulic Monkey / "that's methadone, not to be confused with the 'killer' drug mephedrone, got that kids?" (CC BY 2.0)

The bill would require opiate dispensers to enter prescriptions in a statewide database within 24 hours. It would also create methadone and pain clinic registries.

Treatment programs using methadone would also be required to report the number of people receiving the medication, plans for tapering patients off it, and relapse rates.

State representative John Nygren, a Republican, introduced the bills. His daughter is struggling with heroin addiction.

Nygren also introduced a fourth bill requiring police who discover an opiate prescription at an overdose scene to enter the prescription in the database and notify the prescribing physician. The health committee is taking that up, since it deals with law enforcement.