UPDATE: Wis. Legislative Committee approves Heroin Bills

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly's criminal justice committee has approved a trio of bills designed to help heroin bills and eliminate leftover prescription drugs.

Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, has introduced four bills addressing heroin use. The criminal justice committee considered three of them Thursday, including proposals that would allow all trained first responders, police and fire fighters to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts overdoses; provide immunity for anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose; and allow municipalities to run prescription drug collection drives.

The Republican-controlled committee approved each bill unanimously. The votes clear the way for the full Assembly to consider the proposals on Tuesday.

The fourth bill would require identification to obtain prescription drugs. The Assembly's health committee is expected to vote on that measure later Thursday.

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