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Monday - October 30, 2017 11:31 am

It will take more than words to fight worst drug crisis in American history

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President Trump is right when he calls the opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis in American history. It is important that the highest level of federal government recognize the death and destruction this epidemic is causing, in Wisconsin, and across the country. But the fight against this crisis will take more than words. Unfortunately, Trump’s declaration does not come with any additional federal money to fight this public health crisis. This fight will require additional resources to be effective. Already much work is being done on many fronts to stop opioid addiction. Governor Walker announced an increase in Medicaid reimbursement rates for substance abuse providers in Wisconsin. But the reality is, opioids are killing at a rapidly increasing rate, claiming a life every sixteen minutes in this country. Our jails are filled with addicts who turn to crime to support their addiction. Drug manufacturers should be held responsible for their role in this crisis, and doing so could provide the money needed to further this fight. It is good that as a country we are finally recognizing the depths of this epidemic, but still much more needs to be done.

Last modified on Monday - October 30, 2017 11:34 am
Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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