Nine more bills have passed the State Assembly, aimed at fighting Wisconsin’s growing opioid and heroin abuse problems.
The lower house approved all but two proposals Governor Scott Walker sought in a special session and the other two are still in committees.
The measures include more funding to expand treatment programs, training more doctors to detect addictions, training school teachers to screen youngsters for addiction, and starting a charter high school for addicts.
The bills were written by Assembly Republican John Nygren of Marinette with recommendations from the governor’s opioid task force.
The nine bills were sent to the Senate with overwhelming support and Democrats tried but failed to get Walker to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, which Walker has turned down several times in the past.