State awards nearly $2.4M to select counties, tribes for opioid treatment

The state has awarded 17 counties and four tribes around $2.4 million for opioid treatment, drawn from a two-year federal grant. Wisconsin health officials say the long-term goal is to reduce the number of deaths and hospitalizations statewide. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Why Tammy Baldwin opened up about her mother’s addiction

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has long been open about being raised by her grandparents, but she’d been largely private about the reason why. In recent months, she’s become more public – in meetings with constituents, interviews with reporters and even a campaign ad – about her mother’s struggles with mental illness and opioid addiction. > TIME

Conservative news outlet credits Baldwin for her new ad on opioid addiction

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In a sea of block letters, foreboding music, and laughably ominous voice overs, the rare campaign ad that’s actually good stands out. And Democratic incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin has a strong one on Wisconsin’s airwaves right now. > Washington Examiner

Bryce calls on opponent to reject Big Pharma dollars

Randy Bryce says he will not take a penny from the big pharmaceutical corporations that fund and fuel the opioid epidemic. And he challenged Paul Ryan’s chosen replacement, Bryan Steil, to do the same. > Patch

Ron Kind calls short-term spending bills embarrassing, blames leaders of both parties


U.S. Rep. Ron Kind wants to address infrastructure, opioids, rising health-care costs and foreign trade in 2018, but fears Congressional gridlock will get in the way. “I’m done supporting two- or three-week (spending) measures,” Kind said, adding that stop-gap measures are “embarrassing” to the nation and “devastating” to the military. > La Crosse Tribune

Racine County latest Wisconsin county to join opioid lawsuit


The Racine County Board voted unanimously this week to join dozens of Wisconsin cities and counties – and at least nine other states – in bringing a lawsuit against opioid drug manufacturers over their alleged “deceptive and fraudulent marketing of painkillers.” > Racine Journal Times

Brad Schimel’s opioid problem


Wisconsin AG Brad Schimel has called the heroin and opioid abuse problem “the worst public safety and public health crisis we’ve seen in this state in many, many decades. Possibly ever.” So why has he not joined other states in prosecuting big drug manufacturers involved in selling the drugs that caused the crisis? > Urban Milwaukee