Wisconsin lawmakers approve opioid settlement spending plan

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Published: Sep. 8, 2022 at 2:35 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee approved a spending plan Thursday for $31 million the state expects to receive this year from a multi-state settlement with drug manufacturers over their role in the opioid crisis.

Republicans blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed spending plan last month and came back with a new plan that prioritizes funding for law enforcement.

The approved plan also includes funding for Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, fentanyl testing strips, new treatment facilities and prevention programs, improving data collection and helping tribes fight the opioid crisis.