Walker signs bills to fight opioid epidemic

NOW: Walker signs bills to fight opioid epidemic

Two people died in Milwaukee county of a possible overdose within minutes of each other this weekend.

The bills Gov Walker signed today will allow the state to spend nearly $3 million more and add law enforcement to fight the opioid epidemic.

The Department of Justice will form a new program to go after drug trafficking and add two assistant district attorneys to fight drug crimes. There will be more money to fund narcotics addiction treatment for inmates in county jail. The bills also add money to the drug treatment court program and require additional training for people who prescribe addictive medication.

These were the 29th and 30th bills the governor has signed trying to combat the opioid epidemic during his tenure. The state can spend some of the 3 million dollars right away - some will have to wait three months.

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