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Posted at 7:50 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 20:50:15-05
President Obama is pledging $1.1 billion over the next two years to fighting the nation's opioid epidemic.
 
The federal push to target prescription painkiller abuse is syncing with state efforts here, in Wisconsin. 
 
Just today, the State Assembly Committee on Health had a hearing on four bills addressing opioid abuse, and treatment expansion. 
 
The final four bills making up the H.O.P.E. legislation--efforts headed by Rep. John Nygren [R - Marinette]--aim to increase expansion opportunities for state opioid treatment programs, along with allowing certain medical agencies to issue guidelines for best painkiller prescribing practices.
 
Advocates say both state and federal efforts are steps in the right direction, but they particularly hope funds would help streamline addiction and recovery services in Wisconsin, including boosting prevention efforts in schools. 
 
Tune into NBC26 at 10, as Billy Wagness breaks down the hopes/concerns of those on the front lines of fighting opioid and heroin abuse.