Governor Signs WASB-Initiated Bill to Ensure School Personnel Can Administer Life Saving Drugs to Those Overdosing

Governor Scott Walker today signed into law Special Session Assembly Bill 1, a measure proposed by the WASB to ensure school personnel are protected from liability and able to administer a potentially life-saving opioid antidote to a student in an emergency.

WASB Executive Director John Ashley and WASB Government Relations Specialist Chris Kulow (pictured at left) were present this morning at DC Everest High School in Schofield for the bill signing ceremony.

They were joined by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Attorney General Brad Schimel, state Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette),  the Assembly Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, who has been instrumental in leading the effort to turn into law measures to help combat the opioid epidemic in Wisconsin, and three other lawmakers.

Earlier today during a ceremony on the campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin – Green Bay, Gov. Walker signed four special session bills relating to medical measures to prevent and treat opioid addiction.  The governor also signed into law bills intended to combat the opioid epidemic during stops in other locations around the state, including Wausau and Onalaska.

In all, Governor Walker today signed into law eleven bills that are part of the Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education (H.O.P.E.) agenda passed by the Wisconsin legislature during a special session.  Gov. Walker called the special legislative session in January to pass the bills, calling opioid addiction a public health crisis in Wisconsin.