A Republican lawmaker whose daughter has struggled with a heroin addiction is planning to introduce four more bills to combat the drug.
Rep. John Nygren of Marinette said Tuesday that the bills would require physicians to check a statewide database detailing a patient’s prescriptions before prescribing opiates; require police who find prescriptions at the scene of an overdose to notify the physician and enter it in the database; and create registries of pain management clinics and methadone clinics.
Nygren’s daughter, Cassie, has battled a heroin addiction and was sentenced to a year and a half in prison in 2009. She pleaded guilty this past March to possessing narcotics.
Last spring, Gov. Scott Walker signed seven Nygren bills into law. The bills, which passed the Legislature unanimously, require identification to obtain prescription drugs; allow all emergency responders with training to administer Narcan, a drug that counteracts overdoses; provide immunity for anyone who calls 911 to report an overdose; and expand prescription-drug collection drives.
“There are no barriers with drug addiction and alcoholism,” he told the State Journal last year. “You can raise your kids right, you can come from the white-picket fence world, and you can still have a child with a problem.”