Wisconsin Attorney General Reveals Opioid Investigation

Wisconsin’s Attorney General Brad Schimel has taken the unusual step of revealing that the State Department of Justice is investigating opioid manufacturers to see what role they may have played in creating addicts.

Schimel has become one of the public faces of Wisconsin Republicans’ efforts to slow opioid addiction, launching a public awareness campaign and supporting bills that expand treatment and require police to carry the overdose antidote.

Investigating Opioid Manufacturers Involvement in the Opioid Crisis

Several states have already filed lawsuits again opioid makers over their marketing tactics, as have some cities and counties. But this would take it one step further, to determine if drug makers have illegally marketed and sold opioids. The probe could be a precursor to a lawsuit.

In Wisconsin, the fight has turned political, with Democrats trying to paint Schimel as weak on the issue as he enters a re-election bid against Josh Kaul, a former federal prosecutor.

Schimel spokesperson Johnny Koremenos said that Schmiel believes prevention and treatment are keys to solving the opioid problem and the state can’t arrest or sue its way out of the crisis, but that Schimel hasn’t ruled out a lawsuit against manufacturers.

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