State Rep. Dean Knudsen Sets Listening Session in Hudson on Heroin-Related Bills

Public forum on Jan. 13 at Hudson High School will include Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen and other officials.

State Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson). File photo
State Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson). File photo
State Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) announced plans for a community listening session on four heroin-related bills he is supporting in the Wisconsin Legislature. 

The meeting is Monday, Jan. 13, 7–8 p.m., at Hudson High School auditorium. Also attending the session will be Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen, St. Croix County Sheriff John Shilts, representatives from the St. Croix County Drug Court, and state Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), the bills' author.

Knudson's commented as part of his announcement: 

“Heroin is a real issue in our community. ... Tackling the heroin problem will take the cooperation of law enforcement, the medical community, our judicial system, and most importantly, our families. We all need to be a part of the discussion to raise awareness about an issue affecting communities of all sizes across Wisconsin.  The heroin epidemic is hitting every corner of our state, and we have certainly experienced the tragic consequences in our area.”

Here are the four bills: 

AB 445: Requires people who pick up opiate prescriptions to show a photo ID

AB 446: Allows more EMTs and first responders to administer Narcan, a drug that can help counter a heroin overdose

AB 447: Provides limited immunity from certain criminal prosecutions for a person who brings another person to an emergency room or healthcare facility, or calls 911 for a person who is overdosing

AB 448: Encourages the operation of community drug disposal programs statewide to accept and properly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs


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kk December 08, 2013 at 10:37 AM
sounds like feel good BS. Make a real law that provides EMS with the tools needed to do EMS. Current is refusing funding and forcing EMS to a less than wallyworld or mcdoodlebeburger pay with hundreds of hours for the certifications and refresher, and that is only if the employer allows the provider. Some states to retain EMS providers give them an exemption on state income tax and property taxes. There are places in this country where Narcan is provided to general public. I mean how hard is it to take a sprayer and stick it someones nose. Oh ya guess what ACA would provide for drug and mental health treatment and for preventive care but that is a bad thing right! You were a good vet but this is BS.
yomammy December 09, 2013 at 07:45 AM
dems will cry and whine that they will need to show a photo ID...YOUR HURTING THE CHILDREN AND ELDERLY!!!!!!!! AHahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!


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