Wisconsin's new laws to combat rise in heroin use get mixed feedback

May 30, 2014
by Nick Penzenstadler
Gannett/Green Bay Post Gazette

Wisconsin joins a group of states rushing to pass provisions to address prescription drug and heroin addiction. One public health expert in Washington, D.C., praises Wisconsin for taking a holistic approach. But he’s also quick to point out that the flurry of new anti-heroin laws were not necessarily aimed at prevention.

“These initiatives are all important, but many of them are post-addiction, instead of mitigating the problem before it starts,” said Rich Hamburg, deputy director of the Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit health organization in Washington, D.C.

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