October 29, 2018
[Madison, WI] — Brad Schimel is making Wisconsin a leader in the fight against the opioid crisis. While his opponent has nothing to show but a soft-on-crime record, Brad Schimel is fighting to keep Wisconsin families safe.
Check out what they’re saying about Brad Schimel and Drug Take Back Day:
From CBS 58: According to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, drug take back events are part of the solution to fight the opioid epidemic. “We know that 80-percent of the people using heroin got started by abusing prescription painkillers,” he said. “We know that over 70-percent of the people who start using painkillers improperly first got them from a family member or a friend, they came from somebody’s medicine cabinet.”
From TMJ 4: Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says more than 80% of heroin users first became addicted to prescription painkillers. “You won’t know it did until it did. So, you need to take it seriously. People should talk to their kids,” says Schimel. Schimel says another issue families need to be mindful of is easily accessible pills. Recently a one-year-old child died from an opioid overdose. “You have to store them safely and securely in your home. We’re losing far more people to prescription painkillers than we do to guns,” says Schimel.
From Fox 6: Statewide, Wisconsinites are making a huge difference each and every “Drug Take-Back” day. “In the last three-and-a-half years we collected over 400,000 pounds of unused medication. That is 19 semi-trailers full that are safely destroyed,” said Schimel. “We are going to make a difference we are going fight our way back from this terrible epidemic.”
From WKBT: “When prescription drugs are being misused, law enforcement [officials] are able to notify the doctor and the pharmacist that that’s happening through the PDMP,” Schimel said. Those programs only helped after the person became addicted. “If we can address the painkiller problem, we can address our heroin problem more effectively,” Schimel said.
From KFIZ: He also points out that Wisconsin is a national leader when it comes to turning over those drugs. Schimel says “we have – on a per capita basis – the best drug take back program in America. Only two states have ever collected more than us, that’s California and Texas. They have far larger populations, and on a per capita basis, we’re blowing them out of the water.” Wisconsin citizens have dropped off over 400,000 pounds of unused medications that have been safely destroyed over the past three years.