Lawmaker to introduce more anti-heroin legislation
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican lawmaker whose daughter has struggled with a heroin addiction is planning to introduce more legislation to combat the drug.
Rep. John Nygren of Marinette is planning an afternoon news conference to unveil the legislation.
Gov. Scott Walker signed seven Nygren bills into law last spring designed to curb heroin abuse. The package included additional funding treatment facilities, immediate punishments for parole and probation violators and immunity for anyone who seeks medical help for someone who has overdosed.
Nygren's daughter, Cassie, has battled a heroin addiction and was sentenced to a year and a half in prison in 2009. She pleaded guilty in this past March to possessing narcotics.