Bills Aim To Prevent Opiate Abuse

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From the Tomah VA to cases right in our backyard. The over prescription of pain medication is becoming a major issue in Wisconsin. So last week the assembly health committee unanimously approved four bills tightening control over prescription drugs Fox 25-48’s Jessica Bringe explains how local law enforcement is supporting the effort.

The assembly health committee has approved four bills tightening control over prescription drugs.

“It’s serious stuff that we’re dealing with.”

The bills would require doctors to enter prescriptions into a statewide database within 24 hours, as would law enforcement if an opiate prescription was found at an overdose scene

“The reason it’s coming right now is that we’re having so many people die as a result of these opiate overdoses and we have to do something for physicians, law enforcement and everybody working together to reduce the number of deaths in Wisconsin.”

Sheriff Ron Cramer with the West Central Drug Task Force says the requirements will be helpful to doctors who didn’t have access to the information previously.

“If they’re doctor shopping and trying to get medications after being overdosed, the doctor can refuse and say, “You know buddy, and you really need treatment. Let’s talk about treatment because apparently you’re abusing opiates.”

Cramer says this new database will let doctors know whether or not a prescription is being used illegally. He says it will hopefully stop the abuse and prevent deaths.

“To have that data base and make it easy to import and check on names for doctors, physicians and even law enforcement it’s key to reducing the amount of deaths around the state.”

Cramer says abusers still need help but without opiate based prescriptions

“These are particular cases where you have an individual who is abusing it because of chronic pain. We need to find another way to help these people.”

In Eau Claire, Jessica Bringe, Fox 25-48 News at 9.

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