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Opioid Bills Head To Governor Snyder's Desk

Dec 14, 2017
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Legislation aimed at curbing the state’s opioid crisis is on its way to the governor.


Pat Miles
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Another Democrat entered the ring for Michigan’s Attorney General Thursday. 


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The opioid epidemic is nationwide and increasing in severity.  That includes Washtenaw County and the state of Michigan.  Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and Republican Representative Tim Walberg will host a community awareness forum on the issue in Saline tonight. 

Bill Schuette
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office is treating cases of fatal drug overdoses as murder investigations.

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Michigan is updating what state officials call a useful tool for fighting the opioid epidemic.  The problematic state drug monitoring program has gotten a significant facelift.  The system is used primarily by law enforcement and doctors to flag potential prescription drug abuse and better treat patients.  


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Governor Rick Snyder says current efforts to curb opioid abuse and addiction in Michigan aren’t working as nearly 2,000 people a year in the state die from overdoses. 


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Throughout the 2016 year, you've heard the staggering reports on heroin and opioid overdoses and deaths.  Washtenaw County is no exception.  Here's a look back, and look ahead, at dealing with the problem here at home.


Michigan State Police
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The Michigan State Police is getting money for a few initiatives – including help with rape kit testing. 

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Opioid tracking in Michigan is getting an overhaul in the future.  A state task force has been working on using millions of dollars to put a dent in Michigan’s opioid drug problem.  A big portion of the money and resources will go toward a new opioid tracking system. 


Washtenaw County Health Department

Drug overdose deaths in Washtenaw County declined last year, according to county health department officials. The survey also uncovered a disturbing trend--the drug fentanyl is being found in more overdose cases than in previous years.