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Two new bills proposed to help fight heroin addiction

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A state lawmaker who convinced his colleagues to approve four bills to fight heroin addiction is proposing two more.

Assembly Republican John Nygren of Marinette is asking lawmakers to co-sponsor his new measures.

One would create regional opiate treatment centers in underserved regions. The other bill would create gradual sanctions for convicts who violate terms of their releases, in the hopes that addicts would get faster treatment.

Two weeks ago, the Assembly approved four other measures proposed by Nygren -- whose daughter has been struggling with heroin and nearly died from an overdose.

The bills would allow trained responders to administer Narcan, which counteracts heroin overdoses -- grant limited immunity to those who report overdoses to law enforcement -- create more drug collection drives -- and require ID's for those buying prescription narcotics.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)