Schuette Statement on New Legislation Designed to Slow Opioid Epidemic

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LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today released the following statement on the newly announced legislation to combat the ongoing opioid epidemic. Many of the new bills are based on recommendations made by the Michigan Opioid Drug Task Force in 2015.

“The opioid epidemic is sweeping across Michigan, with hardly a day going by that we don’t hear of an overdose or death caused by an opioid-based drug. We can’t arrest our way out of this problem. The bi-partisan package of legislation announced today is an important step in Michigan’s overall effort to curb this growing epidemic. Too many families across our state have felt the pain of a loved one battling addiction or even the tragedy of a fatal overdose. I encourage continued discussion and action on how to stop the flow of dangerous opioid drugs and protect Michigan families from yet another tragedy.”