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Meeting held to fight opioid epidemic in Waukesha County

WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- People with Waukesha County met with lawmakers to talk about President Trump's proposals to fight the opioid epidemic.

They held a news conference on Wednesday and met with the head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

The meeting focused on ways Waukesha County could best fight the problem with help on the national level.

Eric Hargan, the man in charge of Health and Human Services, shared some possible ideas.

"Whether it's in the FDA being able to focus on dealing with modalities and treatments that will allow us to address pain in this area. Whether it's prescribing guidelines that will enable doctors to rely on a smarter way of prescribing opioids and non-opioid prescribed painkillers," said Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

The President's initiative has been getting the most attention for its crackdown on drug traffickers. The White House is also taking aim at the healthcare industry, looking to stop the over-prescription of painkillers. 

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