Tag Archives: Heroin/Opioid Issues

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.

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WASB Testifies in Support of Bill to Allow Emergency Administration of Opioid Antidote in Schools

chris_testifyWASB testified in support of Special Session Assembly Bill 1 authored by State Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) which would permit and provide protection from civil liability for school personnel to administer an opioid antidote like Narcan to a pupil or other person who appears to be experiencing an opioid overdose.

The WASB suggested this bill to provide clarity to districts and it was included in Rep. Nygren’s Heroin, Opiate, Prevention, and Education (HOPE) Agenda bills scheduled to be taken up in a special session of the legislature.  The bill was heard by the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety, chaired by Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield).  Watch on Wisconsin Eye. Continue reading WASB Testifies in Support of Bill to Allow Emergency Administration of Opioid Antidote in Schools

Opioid Abuse Task Force Releases Recommendations; Including WASB-Initiated Measure

nygrenGovernor Scott Walker signed three Executive Orders related to the Opioid Abuse Task Force co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren (pictured) which also released its recommendations for fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing Wisconsin and the nation.

One of the Executive Orders requests a special session of the Wisconsin State Legislature beginning on January 5, 2017, to consider and act upon several pieces of legislation including a measure brought to the task force by the WASB, relating to opioid antidote (e.g., Narcan) administration in schools.

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State Lawmaker to Propose Random Drug Testing Mandate for Schools

kleefischState Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) will likely introduce legislation next year when the new legislative session begins mandating all public and private schools randomly drug test students who wish to participate in extra-curricular activities or park vehicles in the school parking lot. Continue reading State Lawmaker to Propose Random Drug Testing Mandate for Schools