Attorney General Schimel Responds to President Trump’s Declaration of Opioid Crisis as a National Emergency

Aug 10 2017

MADISON, Wis. – Earlier today, President Donald Trump declared the United States opioid crisis a national emergency. The President’s Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis recently released a report with recommendations to combat the ongoing crisis that include access to medication-assisted treatment, expansion of naloxone availability, prescriber education, and enforcement measures.

 

In response to President Trump’s announcement, Attorney General Schimel released the following statement.

 

“President Trump’s announcement today signals his commitment to carry out the Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis’ recommendations and partner with the States to fight prescription drug and heroin abuse. Luckily, in Wisconsin, thanks to the leadership of Rep. Nygren and Governor Walker, we have already made great strides and implemented many of the federal Commission’s recommendations, such as a standing order for naloxone. I look forward to learning more about the President’s initiatives and working with the Administration to save lives and continue making Wisconsin safer and stronger.”