The Impact of Wisconsin's Drug Epidemic on Children
For all of the articles published in the December edition of Wisconsin Counties magazine, click here.
Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse
The Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse, co-chaired by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Representative John Nygren, issued its report to Governor Scott Walker. The report makes several recommendations aimed at decreasing opiate use in Wisconsin, as well as assisting individuals addicted to opioids.
Source: U.S. Center for Disease Control 
Due to the rapid increase in opioid and methamphetamine use, Wisconsin county child protective service divisions are managing higher and higher caseloads. The December edition of Wisconsin Counties magazine included a collection of articles exploring this troubling trend. To read all of these articles, click here

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What kind of a childhood is that?
After losing their parents to overdoses, three children confront America's opioid epidemic. Click here to read the Washington Post article.

Opioids Send Ohio Foster Care into Costly Overdrive 
Ohio may be a microcosm of what child welfare agencies are experiencing in counties plagued by the opioid-addiction crisis. Click here for more. 

National City-County Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic   
The N ational League of Cities (NLC) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) have launched a joint task force to address our nation's opioid and heroin abuse crisis. The National City-County Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic is comprised of city and county    leaders from across the country
and convened twice to discuss the role of cities and counties in addressing the current crisis. The Task Force published a report featuring policy recommendations and best practices. Click here to view the report.