Gov. Walker Comes to Point Monday to Sign Heroin Legislation
Left, State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen addressed officials from Wood and Portage counties in March to discuss a statewide spike in heroin abuse. The so-called “heroin summit” took place in Stevens Point just as state leaders in Madison were drafting a series of bills now referred to as H.O.P.E. legislation.
Governor Scott Walker on Monday will sign a series of four bills in four different cities designed to combat heroin abuse.
The four bills combined create the H.O.P.E. (Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education) legislation package. The new state laws require photo identification for narcotic/opiate prescriptions; allowing trained personnel to administer naloxone- a drug which counteracts the effects of opiate overdose; and creates a 911 Good Samaritan bill, granting limited immunity to individuals who call for help when someone has overdosed on a controlled substance.
Walker will sign those three bills into law in Marinette, Eau Claire and Milwaukee, respectively.
Assembly Bill 448, which allows communities to create drug disposal programs, will be signed into law during Walker’s visit to the Stevens Point Police Department Monday morning.
Check back for updates to this story Monday.