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Governor's opioid task force meets in Weston

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WESTON (WAOW) -

Governor Walker's opioid task force met at Ascension in Weston on Tuesday to discuss measures to better treat and prevent addiction to the prescription drug.

The task force is made up of state leaders, doctors, teachers, law enforcement officers, and more.

The discussion mostly focused on Medicaid patients and how insurance companies can offer more treatment options.

"What happens after the addiction has already occurred, after someone is already hooked?" Lieutenant Governor and task force co-chair Rebecca Kleefisch said. "Well obviously we want treatment to happen, but what happens if treatment isn't paid for by insurance?"

The task force also discussed how long it takes a patient to become addicted to an opioid once they are prescribed the drug, and how doctors can help prevent it before it starts. 

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