LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – New legislation, called the HOPE agenda, is making its way through the state legislature to help combat heroin use in Wisconsin.
It's authored by Rep. John Nygren, (R) WI 89th Assembly District, who attended la Crosse's Drug Task Force meeting Thursday to explain the importance of the legislation.
Earlier this month, the assembly unanimously passed plans that including requiring an ID to pick-up a narcotic prescription at a pharmacy, creating permanent drug drop-off sites, and offering limited immunity to any who calls 9-1-1 to report a drug overdose.
There are also two new bills that propose the creation of regional opiate treatment centers in underserved areas, and creating better rehabilitation possibilities for addicts.
"This issue not only touches families, it touches our business community," Nygren said. "In my area, we're having a hard time getting people to be able to fill the jobs we have because there's such a high level of drug abuse. So this really touches a lot of different levels."
Nygren's daughter suffered from heroin abuse.
So he hopes to gain ideas from the La Crosse community and learn what they're doing to combat heroin use.
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