ICYMI: Scott Walker is Making the Opioid Fight a Top Issue in Campaign
June 21, 2018

Gov. Walker: “we’ll keep fighting to help hardworking families across our state who have struggled alone for too long.”

[Madison, Wis.] – Governor Walker has made the fight against the opioid epidemic a priority during his time in office – in continuing that commitment, the governor is making this fight a central part of his agenda to help Wisconsin win the 21st century.

A few weeks ago, the Walker campaign released an ad featuring the Lybert family, founders of Your Choice to Live, a nonprofit organization that educates the public about opioids. Gov. Walker is fighting for families like the Lyberts by working with state Rep. John Nygren to pass our Heroin, Opiate, Prevention, and Education (H.O.P.E.) Agenda, signing 30 bills into law to combat this crisis. The governor is working on a bipartisan basis to save lives and end the opioid epidemic.

Read more from the Cap Times here or find excerpts below:

The addiction election: Can candidates call attention to the opioid issue without politicizing it?
Jessie Opoien
The Cap Times

Walker’s ad focuses on the HOPE Agenda: an effort led by state Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, aimed at preventing, treating and fighting heroin and opioid abuse. Since 2013, Walker has signed 30 HOPE Agenda bills into law; all but one passed with unanimous support. …

Walker aides expect the opioid epidemic to remain a priority throughout the campaign. …

Walker in 2016 declared opioid abuse a public health crisis and created a task force led by Nygren and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. Walker then called for a special session the following year to pass more HOPE Agenda bills.

“In communities both large and small across Wisconsin, I’ve seen the harm the opioid and illegal drug crisis is doing to our state,” Walker said in an emailed statement. “With too many families having been devastated by addiction, we are taking action with Rep. John Nygren and others to tackle this problem — and support Wisconsin families like the Lyberts —  through our bipartisan H.O.P.E. agenda. We’ve signed 30 bills into law to address this epidemic, and we’ll keep fighting to help hardworking families across our state who have struggled alone for too long.” …

“Wisconsin is actually, I think in a lot of ways leading the country in the reforms that we’ve taken and the steps that we’ve made,” said Timothy Westlake, an emergency medicine physician and member of both the governor’s task force and the Your Choice to Live board of directors.

“It’s not one-size-fits-all. What Wisconsin did, which was exceptional, was John (Nygren), Gov. Walker, let it be that the medical examining boards, the doctors, the experts — (they) let us be the guides,” Westlake said. …