Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Gov. Evers anticipates settlement from opioid lawsuit, new law sends money to counties

From TMJ4:

Posted at 6:23 PM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 6:23 PM, Jul 06, 2021

MILWAUKEE — County executives from Milwaukee to Waukesha and beyond stood by Gov. Tony Evers as he spoke about a new law that will send money from a major opioid lawsuit to communities across the state.

"The unfortunate truth in our state is that far too many Wisconsinites have seen and experienced tragedy opioids can cause firsthand," Gov. Evers said.

There have been 186 opioid-related deaths in Milwaukee County so far this year and 12 in Waukesha County. Milwaukee County's Medical Examiner's Office reported in 2020 were 463 opioid-related deaths, and 343 in 2019.

Waukesha County reported 63 opioid-related deaths year-to-date for 2020, noting there are still open cases. In 2019, Waukesha County had 48 people die from opiates.

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