Combating the drug epidemic in Wisconsin is an all-hands-on-deck moment. In 2017, emergency room visits for opioid overdoses more than doubled in Wisconsin over the course of the year. Tragically, that same year, over 64,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose. This epidemic is tearing families apart and hurting our communities.

Now more than ever, it is clear that the only way to break the cycle of addiction will need to include strong partnerships at the federal, state and local levels. This week, I met with healthcare providers, treatment centers, law enforcement officials and community leaders in Eau Claire about the impact of the drug epidemic and listened to their thoughts about the path to recovery. While many of the answers are still unknown, we do know that it will require every Wisconsinite in every Wisconsin community to take part in the recovery process.

I am thankful that I had the opportunity to listen and learn more about the epidemic from our brave law enforcement professionals and community leaders and will continue the fight to protect and heal our communities here in Wisconsin and in Washington.

If you have ideas about how we can work together to protect our communities, please reach out to my office by calling toll-free: 1-888-442-8040, or by sending me an email via my website: kind.house.gov.

Democrat Ron Kind, La Crosse, represents Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.

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